In order to catch infections, chronic diseases, or other on-going health problems early, it’s important to have regular check-ups with your family doctor and make them a priority.
In addition to screenings that specifically test for different types of cancer, routine physicals and check-ups can test for other health problems, including:
- Obesity and BMI issues
- Cholesterol issues
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid problems
- Immune system deficiencies
During routine check-ups, it’s important to share your personal medical history, as well as your family history, with your doctor. Taking your current health status and these medical histories into account can help your doctor determine any risks you may have for developing certain types of cancer.
In addition to discussing medical histories, regular check-ups provide an opportunity for patients to ask questions about overall health and voice any health concerns. Some common questions include:
- Am I at a healthy BMI? How can I manage my weight?
- Are there any steps I can take to improve my health and reduce my risk of diseases?
- Is my health the same, better, or worse than it was at my previous check-up?
- Are there any foods or over-the-counter drugs I should avoid while taking my current prescription medications?
- Am I up to date on my immunizations? Are there any immunizations you would recommend, including a flu shot?
- How can you help me quit smoking? How will my health improve upon quitting?
Maintaining overall health can be an effective way to lessen the risk of cancer.