Find out how important it is to get a yearly physical exam, and which blood tests to have done.
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Lesley A. Debrier: Even if you are young and healthy you need a complete physical exam once a year. In my practice, I do a complete exam which includes screening for cancers and sexually transmitted diseases. And Mollie and I will have a discussion about which blood testing is going to be appropriate for her. Male speaker: And what blood test would you order for someone like Mollie? Lesley A. Debrier: I think that she should have a CBC to make sure that she doesn't have anemia. I think that she should be screened for diabetes and elevated cholesterol and just a routine check to make sure that her liver and kidney function are normal. Lisa Masterson: When is the last time you had any sort of blood test done? Mollie: I have actually never had a blood test done may be when I was younger, but I don't remember. Lisa Masterson: I see that all the time because gynecologists I will ask women if they have had any blood test because a lot of times they think just getting their Pap smear and everything and their breast exam is fine. So that you know, it's a good thing to make sure that you get those blood tests done. Male speaker: So, Mollie it sounds though like you have gained with Dr. Lesley's plan now? Mollie: Oh yeah! Male speaker: Alright. Thanks for sharing your question to Dr. Lesley. We are going to check back with you later in the show. Lesley A. Debrier: Ok great. Male speaker: And the take home here is, the fix that it takes less than five minutes to call your doctor and go ahead and schedule a physical and a blood test.