Are you making the same mistake every single year?

Are you making the same mistake every single year?

When was the last time you saw a primary care physician for a check-up?

Many Americans do not realize how much a yearly doctor visit can improve health and save money in the long run. According to analysis of a Center for Disease Control and Prevention survey, about 23% of Americans do not have a primary care physician or health care provider. But acquiring and using your personal doctor can be extremely valuable to your overall health for numerous reasons.

Primary care provides a place for people to go for their general health issues. Patients can expect, in most cases, that their problems will be solved without referral. If a referral is needed, your general physician can guide you to a trusted specialist.

Dr. Diana Zamojski, a family medicine doctor with Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., says “Building a relationship with your primary care physician allows patients to not only have a guide through the health system, but also allows them to be part of the decision making that goes into their care.”

In addition to allowing for patients to build a trusting relationship with their physician, utilizing a primary care doctor can also provide more frequent opportunities for disease prevention and the advocacy of health. A yearly check-up can aide in detecting health problems that could develop into more serious issues. Primary care physicians can treat more than you may think; they can also treat various chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes.

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  1. A yearly physical saved my life. My primary care provider found a breast lump on a routine physical that turned out to be cancer. I had my routine mammogram scheduled for after the exam, because of the finding it was changed to a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. They were both normal, even with the tech feeling the lump and putting a marker by it. If I would have skipped the physical who knows when it would have been found. I had no idea that breast cancer would not show up on a mammogram. I have no family history of breast cancer or any risk factors

    Ladies and men, please do monthly self exams and regular check ups with your providers.

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