Why everyone should get an annual preventive exam for optimal health

physician and patient during annual preventative exam

If you haven’t had an annual preventive exam this year (or ever), there’s no time like the present to get one scheduled. The yearly exam (also called a checkup or physical) is your chance to see your doctor for a complete overall health review.

You don’t always have to be sick or hurt to see a doctor.

A yearly checkup is crucial to maintaining good health even if you’re feeling great and have no known medical conditions. If you have existing conditions, this appointment is a chance to check in on those and talk to your doctor about any other concerns.

Keep reading to learn what happens at an annual preventive exam, why they are so beneficial, and how to find a doctor if you don’t currently have one.

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What happens after a cancer diagnosis, and where can I go for support?

patient learning what happens after a cancer diagnosis

Learning you or a loved one has cancer is an emotional event. Understandably, you may be wondering what happens after a cancer diagnosis.

While each patient’s cancer journey is a little bit different, it can help to get a general idea of what happens next and where to find cancer care resources.

In this article, we’ll discuss the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, what to expect with different cancer treatments, and how to get the information and support you need.

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What causes gallbladder problems, and when should you see a doctor?

patient suffering from gallbladder problems

In many cases, gallbladder problems can be minor and not require any treatment. In others, they can be severe and warrant a trip to the hospital—and potentially, emergency surgery.

This article discusses the common causes and symptoms of gallbladder issues, how conditions of the gallbladder are diagnosed, and the different treatments you may need to get things under control.

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Will ankle replacement surgery help my nagging ankle pain?

Woman in pain who may need ankle replacement surgery

Ankle replacement surgery can provide significant relief for some people with chronic pain. After many months (or years) of dealing with severe ankle discomfort and swelling from arthritis or repeated injuries, having surgery to replace your ankle joint can finally make walking and other daily activities bearable again.

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Signs you should see a urologist to check for prostate cancer

a nurse holds the hand of an elderly patient who is going to get a check for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men after skin cancer, which is why it’s so important to get your recommended screenings to check for prostate cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, about one out of every eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, the outcomes are very good with proper screening and today’s advanced treatments.

Keep reading to learn about the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, the latest screenings and treatments available, which men are most at risk, and how often you should check for prostate cancer.

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