Annual Physical Exam Specialist

William Lee Harris, M.D.

Family Medicine & Geriatrics located in Charleston, WV

No matter how good you feel, an annual physical exam at William L. Harris, MD, is an essential part of maintaining optimal health, especially as you age. Dr. Harris is a board-certified family physician and geriatrician committed to helping men and women in Charleston, West Virginia, live long, full lives. For 45 years, Dr. Harris has provided healthcare strategies and disease prevention that are not only up-to-date but encourage patients to play an active role in their treatment. Call Dr. Harris today. He also services the communities of South Charleston, Cross Lanes, Saint Albans, Huntington, Vienna, Summersville, Madison, Clay, Sutton, Fayetteville, Logan, WV.

Annual Physical Exam Q & A

What is an annual physical exam?

An annual physical exam helps Dr. Harris determine a baseline for your general health. It also enables you to establish a trusted relationship with your physician, which is a powerful tool in disease prevention and effectively manages any existing conditions like high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Your annual physical exam focuses on several aspects of your health:

  • Disease screenings
  • Updating immunizations
  • Encouraging general wellness
  • Evaluating potential health risks
  • Discuss concerns or health changes

As a board-certified family physician with additional training and certification in geriatric medicine, Dr. Harris is prepared to manage a wide variety of health conditions simultaneously to streamline your overall wellness and medical needs.

Why do adults need an annual physical exam?

Most adults go to the doctor when there’s something wrong, but early diagnosis of potential health concerns is the most effective way to maintain good health. While most people who are under age 40 are typically healthy, annual exams become critical as you grow older.

The specific screenings included during your physical exam vary depending on your age, but typically include:

  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Blood pressure

It’s important for men and women to begin colon cancer screenings at around 50 years old. Men should also begin regular screenings for prostate cancer.

What is a colon cancer screening?

There are a variety of tests for colon cancer, such as yearly stool-based screenings and colonoscopies.

During a colonoscopy, a flexible tube with a camera is inserted into your rectum to examine the inside of your colon for signs of disease. Dr. Harris determines the frequency of your colonoscopy screenings based on your family history and past screenings, but they typically occur every five to 10 years.

What is a prostate cancer screening?

Unless you’re at risk of developing prostate cancer, men should begin having prostate cancer screenings at age 50.

Prostate cancer screenings are done using prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing and digital rectal exams (DREs). A PSA blood test measures the substance in the blood the prostate makes and can sometimes indicate prostate conditions. During a DRE, the doctor physically checks the prostate for abnormalities.

To schedule your annual physical exam, call William L. Harris, MD, call Dr. Harris today. Same day appointments are available!