Well-male exams are a cornerstone of preventive medicine, and should be conducted on at least an annual basis to provide your physician with a “baseline” reading on your health for comparison when you visit the doctor for a sick visit. A well-patient visit is also an important time for asking questions of your doctor and potentially detecting an emerging health issue that can be addressed prior to becoming more serious. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to get up to date on needed immunizations – including the flu shot – and to receive routine health screenings including those for high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and prostate and testicular cancers. Men who only go to the doctor when they are sick may wind up experiencing more serious health issues that require more time away from work and other activities than would be required for a quick visit to their physician’s office once every now and then. So remember, if you don’t have time to be sick – make time for an annual well-male exam with one of our supremely qualified primary care physicians!