Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They can also help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps toward living a longer, healthier life. Your age, health, family history, and lifestyle choices, as well as other important factors impact what types of healthcare you need and how often you need them. Visiting your primary care doctor for a physical or annual exam allows he or she to determine if and when you would benefit from additional care. These regular visits also allow you and your doctor to develop a relationship. Being able to trust and confide in your doctor is critical. In order for your doctor to give you the best care, you must be completely open and honest about your well-being and risk factors.
If remembering to schedule your doctor visits is a challenge for you, try setting a reminder on your phone or computer, or ask your doctor’s office if they do reminder calls. If you aren’t visiting your doctor because you are anxious, let the office know that so that they can be cognizant of your feelings during your appointment. You can also try asking a trusted friend to accompany you during your appointment.
It’s time to take charge of your health! Schedule an appointment with your health care provider to discuss what you need to do.