Why are annual physicals important?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your annual physical and preventive care screenings are helpful for the following reasons:
- They can help find health problems before symptoms start to show.
- If a health problem is not found before symptoms appear, an annual physical may help identify it early on, which increases the rate of successful treatment.
- When you have a primary care physician who is familiar with your health history (age, health and family history, lifestyle choices, etc.), they'll be able to recommend lifestyle changes better than someone who doesn't know your history.
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