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One in four Americans get annual check-up

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WILMINGTON -- Many people know to get their car inspected and serviced each year to keep up it running well, but when it comes to our own physical health we often neglect to give ourselves the same type of care. For the past 30 years Thellia Meadows has had her annual check up. She said, "I have some family history that needs to be followed up annually." Wilmington health associates Dr. Jonathon Siuta says even if your young and don't have a family history of health problems you should still get an annual exam. Siuta said, "My feeling on annual exams is that everyone children and adults should get an annual exam." He says only one out of every four people get a yearly check up. "You're not only talking to the physician about things you can be doing to keep your health top notch, but also things you can do prevention wise to keep your health the best as possible." Which is exactly why meadows pays her doctor a visit, at least once a year. "If you do an annual physical and the doctor identifies an issue they can take car of it immediately," Siuta said. "Cancer screens occur at these annual visits, you can talk about diet, exercise. If you're a smoker you can talk to the doctor about ways you can quit smoking." Dr. Suita says during the breast, colon and prostate cancer screenings your physician will also be looking for skin and thyroid cancer.

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