How does a getting regular physical checkup with your physician affect your physical health? Well, for starters, if you get regular physical checkups your doctor may find a problem before it becomes a real issue. Getting your annual checkup lets you know everything is in working order.
If you get the oil changed in your car every 5000 miles and get it tuned up once a year or twice a year, depending on how much you drive, why would you not go to the doctor and get yourself a tune up?
That’s about what it equates to, going to the doctor for an annual checkup is just like taking your car in for a tune up, but the sad thing is most people take their cars in to get “checked up”, but they don’t go get themselves checked out.
Personally, I think it would be neat if those little handheld deals from star trek were real and they were on every doorway on every building. That way, whenever you went somewhere it would scan you and if it noticed something it would beep you a warning and printout your diagnosis, then you could go to the doctor and get whatever it is taken care of.
But it’s not likely that is going to happen anytime soon, so go to the doctor and get checked out, and do it before you are sick. Preventive maintenance is the key, going to the doctor and getting a checkup is like preventive maintenance to make sure everything is in working order and stays in working order. This way illnesses can be treated and no harm done if it is caught early. And early diagnosis is important if you are talking about some form of cancer.
There are over 200 types of cancer known, and each type requires its own specialized treatment. Early diagnosis will allow these treatments to begin quickly thereby giving the patient the highest chance for a successful recovery. Nearly 1.5 million people are diagnosed with some form of cancer in the United States, and cancer kills over 500,000 people annually in the United States alone, worldwide that number is closer to 12.5 million cases diagnosed and over 7million deaths from cancer. Thirty to forty percent of these cases could be prevented and close to one third cured if detected early.
So the question you have to ask yourself is; are you willing to assume you are in good health because you “feel fine”, or do you think it would be more wise to make an appointment, especially if it has been over a year since you”ve been, and go get a checkup. What have you got to lose? A few bucks for the visit? Can you put a price on your health? Or even more so, can you put a price on life?
If you have a family you have even more to consider besides yourself. What about them? How long has it been since your husband or wife has been to the doctor or what about the kids? You may have heard that old saying about “God only gave you two eyes, take care of them”. Well He only gave you one body, take care of it.