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No More Excuses: Debunking Reasons for Avoiding the Doctor

We're debunking the excuses for avoiding the doctor.


  1. “I'm fine.” Health issues such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure often don't have symptoms. In fact, one-third of all people who have a heart attack never have any warning. Annual preventive health checks can detect, treat, and potentially cure problems early.

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  1. “It'll go away.” There are plenty of symptoms you simply cannot shake off. Denying their presence can lead to a devastating illness, disease, or even death.
  1. “It's awkward.” If you think it's uncomfortable to get a medical exam, imagine how you'll feel if you have a serious illness that you could have prevented in the first place.
  1. “I don't have time.” Michael Boring, 61, says, “The Iowa Clinic is set up to be as quick, easy, and painless as possible. Everything is right there; I didn't even have to go to another floor. My wait times have been minimal and a complete physical has never taken much over an hour.”
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