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It’s time for the annual PSA about preventable disease

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Once per year, I drive to Pittsburgh for a full-blown physical aimed at making sure that you’ll have to deal with me for at least another year. (Bad news for you, again.) Six years ago, a routine physical became the first step in a process that resulted in a diagnosis with Crohn’s disease, which I didn’t even suspect that I had and which has been treated into full remission.

Other far more serious diseases also can be spotted early, or prevented entirely, with an annual physical. For men 40 and older, prostate cancer often can be successfully managed and cured if caught early. Ditto for colon cancer, which can actually be prevented if polyps that would eventually morph into tumors are found and removed with a colonoscopy.

From heart problems to a wide range of other maladies, committing to seeing a doctor for a full physical every year is smart and it’s prudent and, ultimately, it’s the best way to protect your family against the possibility of you being not around to provide them with financial, physical, and emotional support.

So take care of your family by taking care of yourself. And you can start the process of taking care of yourself by getting a physical. The worst part of it really isn’t that bad.

Which is easy for me to say, because I’m a year away from the next one.

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17 Responses to “It’s time for the annual PSA about preventable disease”
  1. laces out says: Jun 30, 2017 3:27 PM

    Smart advise. Even if you feel healthy or no symptoms, it can’t hurt to ensure nothing’s brewing inside.

  2. youbettercallsaul says: Jun 30, 2017 3:30 PM

    Excellent post, Florio. Although we all have our differing opinions on football, and as of late, off the field situations and whatnot, this is something we can all agree on.

  3. MichaelEdits says: Jun 30, 2017 3:43 PM

    If I agree with you, which I do, it’s not just to ensure you don’t delete this comment.

  4. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jun 30, 2017 3:43 PM

    Great advice about prostate cancer screening. I hope soon to be 40 year old Tom Brady is paying attention.

  5. pat123438 says: Jun 30, 2017 3:48 PM

    Now THIS is an excellent non-football story!!

    Thank you for the friendly reminder – excellent advice for EVERYONE!!!

  6. streetyson says: Jun 30, 2017 4:02 PM

    You had an examination up the Pennsylvania Turnpike – all the way to Pittsburgh? – seems a fitting metaphor.

  7. cheeseisfattening says: Jun 30, 2017 4:05 PM

    Do not forget about diet. Avoid if possible processed foods sugars, and dairy as adults.

  8. rolltide510 says: Jun 30, 2017 4:08 PM

    I’d love to know what you Googled to get that picture.

  9. couldntthinkofaname says: Jun 30, 2017 4:17 PM

    Good message to get out there, Florio. Totally agree.

  10. bobthebillsfan says: Jun 30, 2017 4:45 PM

    I hate it but I do it every year.

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Jun 30, 2017 4:49 PM

    I’m glad you have such great health care coverage.

    Unfortunately… most Americans regardless where they live have to metaphorically “drive to pittsburgh” to get health care.

  12. 345snarkavenue says: Jun 30, 2017 4:53 PM

    Glad you had a good physical and thanks for the PSA. Keep up the good work here.

    (by the way, when I read the title, I thought this was going to be about the commish)

  13. suncawy says: Jun 30, 2017 5:06 PM

    I got my physical a few weeks ago and it was all good. Feel sorry for those who will not even be able to get preventive screenings if the POTUS gets his way to repeal and replace Obamacare.

  14. backintheday99 says: Jun 30, 2017 5:08 PM

    Your CB radio couldm’t find a hospital in West VA?

  15. thirdand43 says: Jun 30, 2017 5:18 PM

    Well said and very true, Mike.
    Here’s to another year of excellent health.

  16. waynefontesismyfather says: Jun 30, 2017 6:16 PM

    Also a preventable disease this time of year especially is not blowing your hand off with fireworks…

    Good luck though Mike!

  17. pacificajim says: Jul 1, 2017 12:46 PM

    Great post, Mike. I had the ‘procedure’ in March due to a high PSA level. It was wonderful to get that E-mail saying “No evidence of cancer cells were found”. Not a pleasant process, but I’d go through it any day of the week in order to stay ahead of the game.

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