Study disputes need for an annual physical check-up

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SUMMERFIELD, N.C. – According to a recent study from Denmark, annual health check-ups may not be necessary. However, area doctors say the study results should be taken with a grain of salt.

Researchers from the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark studied 180,000 patients and concluded that traditional check-ups did not reduce overall deaths or deaths associated with cancer and heart disease.

Results from the study also suggested that people who received routine health checks were just as likely to die over nine years compared to those who didn’t get them.

Dr. Chan Badger a Family Practitioner with Forsyth Medical Center says this information could hurt the medical industry.

“I think you have to take this information with a grain of salt,” said Badger who believes even more people could start neglecting their health as a result of the study.

“I personally believe that we are going to miss out on diagnosing illnesses earlier -- and in the end result  -- it will end up costing more money down the road for the health care system in general,” said Badger.

Badger says that with the assistance of electronic medical records he is able to find what types of screening a patient needs. Allowing him to identify things such as cancer in its earliest stages.

Badger suggested that the study may not be able to be replicated in the United States because of the differences between each country's health care systems.

In Denmark, the country offers socialized medicine and in the United States, an annual check-up might be the only contact between a physician and patient.

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