Physical exams are performed for several reasons. Annual exams and Well Woman Exams are used to determine a person's general health and well-being. Physical examinations that are required for work are performed to ensure that the person is in good health and can perform their job-related duties on a daily basis. In either situation, a physical examination is performed to determine the quality of a person's health. The doctor will evaluate their vital signs and perform screenings like breast exams, prostate exams, blood cholesterol tests, and a urinalysis. In most cases, the doctor is looking for signs of chronic illness and disease that often appear gradually over time. Most chronic health conditions are discovered during a person's regularly scheduled, annual physical exam.
Physical exams that are required for work-related licensing, performance in athletic programs, and for school attendance are necessary to ensure that an individual is healthy enough to continuously perform certain activities and duties. Annual exams may not be mandatory, but they are necessary to ensure a person remains in the best physical health possible. Chronic illness and disease may begin to affect a person's health without warning. Annual physical exams are able to detect subtle changes in a person's health that allow treatment plans to be developed while the condition is still in its earliest stages. This gives the patient the best chance possible for overcoming the illness with fewer lasting effects.
During an annual physical exam, the doctor may request a variety of tests and screenings in an attempt to uncover potentially dangerous forms of disease. Men will often undergo prostate exams, while women will have mammograms and pap smears. Both men and women will undergo generalized screenings that involve blood sugar testing, cholesterol testing, blood tests, and urinalysis. Many tests will only be performed if the doctor sees an indication that a potential problem may exist. Doctors encourage their patients to come to their physical exams with a list of questions or concerns they may have about their health. These questions will help the doctor determine which tests should be performed.
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