Try to think of a physical like a multi-point inspection at the mechanic. It’s just due diligence, plain and simple. If the mechanic tells you a belt needs tightening, it’s better than blowing the entire engine, right?
If you’ve never had a physical, that’s OK! Because April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we’d prepare you for the good, the bad, and the ugly of a physical (it’s mostly good, for the record).
Most Canadian provinces suggest that doctors only provide annual check-ups to higher-risk patients, but it’s important to always follow your doctor’s advice. So whether or not you’re due for a check-up, it’s good to know what you can expect when it happens:
- Health History — This includes medications taken, family hereditary issues, your living environment, diet, and exercise. Remember: This is not a values test! Be honest, and know that any doctor’s advice benefits you and your family.
- Pee in a cup — A urine and blood test helps uncover any hidden ailments like high cholesterol, STIs, and can screen for conditions such as heart disease, prostate tumors and colorectal cancer.
- Juggling the family jewels — A professional, respectful once-over of your testicles and penis is key to a guy’s physical. The exam is over before you know it and lets your doc screen for testicular tumors, hernia and other concerns.