With hectic schedules, it’s difficult to feel the need to make the time for an annual checkup. Yet despite feeling perfectly fine, in order to ensure that you do stay well, it’s important to have an annual physical examination. The statistics on how many people have undetected illnesses are shocking. For instance, it is estimated that 20 million people in America have some form of thyroid disease and up to 60% are unaware of their condition! The America Diabetes Association reports that, “of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 7.2 million were undiagnosed.” Annual physical exams provide you and your doctor with a health status benchmark. If all is well, then the goal is to keep you that way through preventative medicine – which we believe is the best kind! You have likely heard about the importance of early detection in the case of almost all illnesses. An annual exams can ensure that abnormalities are quickly detected and treated early, which increases the chances of getting back to perfect health again. As you age, the kinds of testing done during your annual exam change. For instance, women over the age of 40 are encouraged to get an annual mammogram and everyone over the age of 45 are advised to get a colonoscopy to test for colon cancer. Once the results of your exam are in, your physician will review the results with you and discuss any course of action that might be needed. All medical records at Joy Medical are saved electronically. This allows us, you and any other physician we may refer you to (such as a specialist) to have a thorough record of your health history – which enables us and them to better understand your health history and better able to care for you. To schedule your annual exam, please contact our office or make an appointment online.