As we approach the end of the year, it’s a perfect time to pause and reflect on your health. Have you had your annual physical yet? Your health is a precious asset, and a regular check-up can be the key to maintaining it. If you haven’t scheduled your annual physical yet, now is the time.

Why Annual Physicals Matter: Annual physical exams are more than just routine check-ups; they are a proactive approach to safeguarding your well-being. These check-ups provide an opportunity to catch health issues in their early stages, often before they become serious problems. They also allow your healthcare provider to assess your overall health and recommend appropriate preventive measures.

Age-Specific Guidelines for Screenings: To make the most of your annual physical, it’s essential to tailor it to your age and specific health needs. Here are some age-specific guidelines for screenings to discuss during your annual physical

Ages 20-40  

STD Screening

Blood Pressure Screening (Yearly)

Blood Glucose Test (Every 1-2 years)

BMI Screening (Every 1-2 years).

Cholesterol/Lipid Panel (Every 5 years)

Eye Exam

Depression Screening



  • Pap Smear/HPV Testing (Gynecology Referral needed)
  • Self-Breast Exam
  • Fertility Testing


  • Testicular Self Exam
  • Testicular Screening by Provider


Ages 40 

Colonoscopy (Generally starts at 50, however family hx may move this up).

Cholesterol/Lipid Panel (Every 2 years)

Diabetes Screening (Every 1-2 years)


  • Mammogram (Yearly).
  • Pap Smear /HPV Testing


Ages 50 

Testing above plus:

Thyroid Panel

Bone Density Screening

Calcium Score ( Depending on risk this may be performed much earlier).

Hearing Test

Lung Cancer Screening


Age 60’s

Testing Above plus:

Dementia/Alzheimer’s Screening


  • PSA Testing (Could be earlier depending on risk)


Schedule Your Appointment Today: Don’t wait. Taking care of your health is a lifelong journey, and your annual physical is a critical milestone on that path. Contact Dr. Chowa’s office today to schedule your appointment and ensure that you are on track for a healthy and happy life.

Your well-being is worth the investment. Make your health a priority, and let’s move forward into the new year with confidence in your health.


Dr. Chowa