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This Father's Day, Give The Gift of Health

Clearwater, FL - Statistics show that more than half of men haven't seen a doctor in the past year. Doctors Express Clearwater wants to change that. Instead of giving Dad, or the man in your life, another tie or power drill, give him the gift that will keep on giving for years - health.

At Doctors Express in Clearwater, patients are always seen by a Doctor who is on the alert for the "silent killers" that men are at a higher risk for, such as hypertension and diabetes. It's a no-brainer that men (fathers, husbands, sons, brothers and boyfriends) need to get over the ailment they all share in common called "Doctor-itis". You can make the difference with a gift card for a medical exam.

Doctors Express Clearwater, located at 1500 N. McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater is ideal for the man on the go. Owner Paul Peiffer notes that "No appointments are necessary and our versatile hours offer convenience. We're open Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm and from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays." Peiffer added that typically men are guilty of avoiding doctors and examinations, but that now the time is right for a doctor's visit since survey information by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Men's Health Network (MNH) reveals:

  • 55 percent of U.S. men haven't seen their M.D. in the past year, and men make half as many doctor visits for prevention as women. (AAFP, National Institutes of Health)

  • This is despite the fact that men have a higher death rate for fatal illnesses including cancer and heart disease. (MHN)

Doctors Express Clearwater feels that it is critically important for everyone (especially men) to view their doctor as an ally. AFC/Doctors Express physicians recommend that men discuss a "Checkup Checklist" with a physician. The list includes:

  • Blood pressure: Normal blood pressure is 120/80. If your numbers are higher, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, medication or monitoring.
  • Cholesterol: Men ages 34 and over should be checked every five years.
  • Colon cancer: Men over age 50 should get regular screenings for colorectal cancer.
  • Heart disease: According to the CDC, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (49 percent) have at least one of these three risk factors.
  • Immunizations: Men should get a flu shot every year. Other vaccinations may be needed if you have other medical conditions
  • Osteoporosis: Men ages 50-70 who smoke, drink alcohol or are sedentary, should be screened for osteoporosis.
  • Prostate cancer: Men over 50 should get a prostate cancer screening annually. Those with a history of prostate cancer and black men should start screening at 45.

For more information contact Doctors Express at 727.266.1266 or at www.doctorsexpressclearwater.com. Doctors Express is located at 1500 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL 33759, and is open Mondays through Fridays from 8am to 8pm and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

About American Family Care: American Family Care is the second largest privately owned urgent care operator in the country. D. Bruce Irwin, M.D. founded the company in 1982 in Hoover, Ala., with a business model of "putting the patient first." The clinics are designed, equipped and staffed to provide accessible primary care, urgent care, minor emergency treatment and occupational medicine. AFC clinics use a high-tech, high-touch approach to medical care, with digital x-rays, laboratories and medication dispensing available on-site. AFC also offers a Specialty clinic (general surgery, WeighToLive, and U-Save Pharmacy at many of its clinics. In 2013, AFC acquired Doctors Express, the largest national urgent care franchise. By the end of 2014, AFC will operate more than 160 facilities in 26 states, providing care to more than a million patients. For more information, visit www.americanfamilycare.com.

About AFC/Doctors Express Urgent Care:

Founded by an emergency room physician seeking a more efficient, affordable and personable system for urgent care patients, AFC/Doctors Express walk-in medical centers are sweeping the country as the nation's largest urgent care franchise. AFC/Doctors Express provides state-of-the-art treatment for acute illness, trauma (including minor surgical procedures) and has on-site laboratory and digital x-ray service as well as medication dispensing. Pre-employment physicals, drug screening and treatment of work related injuries are also available to local employers. In 2013, American Family Care acquired Doctors Express, further expanding its reach and available services. By the end of 2014, AFC/Doctors Express will operate more than 160 facilities in 26 states, providing care to more than a million patients. For more information visit

http://www.doctorsexpress.comor http://www.americanfamilycare.com


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