What is an Annual Physical?
An adult (and adolescent) physical is a checkup to make sure your development is on track and to provide preventive services, such as immunizations and preventive tests and/or cancer screening. The visit includes a comprehensive medical history and physical exam. The appointment also may consist of:
~ Hearing, vision, and other screening tests
~ Tb test for tuberculosis
~ Blood tests to screen for anemia, diabetes, cholesterol, kidney, liver function, thyroid,
prostate, cancer screening, and common sexually-transmitted diseases.
~ Immunizations based on your age (Tetanus, pertussis, flu, hepatitis, chickenpox,
shingles, pneumonia, meningitis, and other vaccines) are available on site
~ Pap smear (screen for cervical cancer)
~ Preventive tests can be ordered such as mammogram (screen for breast cancer), bone
density (screening for osteoporosis), colonoscopy (screen for colon cancer), digital rectal
exam (screen for prostate cancer), diabetic foot exam, and others
The annual physical is an ideal time to ask Dr. Kaw questions about other preventive care.
What type of Physicals are performed?