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The Importance of an Annual Physical

How often do you visit your doctor for a check-up? In this WLTX interview, Dr. Javier Carles of Chapin Family Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about when to visit your doctor and what you need to discuss.

According to Dr. Carles, adults should have a wellness visit each year. During those visits, doctors typically tailor testing to your age, gender, risk factors and family history.

If you’re born between 1945 and 1965, doctors perform a Hepatitis C screen. Mammography begins at age 40. Colorectal cancer screening usually begins at age 50 with a colonoscopy. If you’ve had a family history of cancer, screenings may begin earlier.

Adults need immunizations, too. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, COPD, or if you’re a smoker, doctors recommend a pneumonia vaccine before age 65. Otherwise, a pneumonia vaccine is recommended at age 65.

Seeing a family practice physician like Dr. Carles has many benefits. These doctors treat the whole family – knowing your family history and the dynamics of your family are helpful to doctors taking care of your overall health and well-being.

Lexington Medical Center Welcomes Javier E. Carles, MD

Lexington Medical Center is proud to welcome Javier E. Carles to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Carles will work at Chapin Family Practice.

Javier E. Carles, MD

A graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Dr. Carles, earned his medical degree from the USC School of Medicine in Columbia. He then completed a family medicine residency at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas.

Dr. Carles is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has more than 15 years of experience providing comprehensive care to patients of all ages. With specialized training in wound care and hyperbarics, he most recently cared for patients at Laurens Family Medicine in Laurens, South Carolina, and worked for MinuteClinic®. He has also served as director of Hospice of South Carolina and as an assistant professor of family medicine at USC.

Dr. Carles proudly joins highly skilled physicians, nurse practitioners and staff at Chapin Family Practice. The practice has served families in its community for more than 35 years by providing comprehensive care for patients of all ages.

Dr. Carles is accepting new patients.

Chapin Family Practice
1612 Chapin Road
Chapin, SC 29036
(803) 345-3414


The Importance of Regular Checkups with A Primary Care Physician

By Daniel H. Dunbar, MD
Chapin Family Practice, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice

An annual physical with a primary care physician is a good opportunity for your doctor to review routine health maintenance such as immunizations and important screenings. And, for people who don’t go the doctor often, it’s a chance to examine healthy behaviors, weight control and family risk factors.

Daniel Dunbar, MD

Regular physicals can identify issues and conditions including high blood pressure, heart murmurs, heart rhythm issues and certain types of cancer. Your doctor can also advise you about what types of medicine to take or avoid. These issues, when treated early or monitored, can prevent much more serious illnesses, including strokes and heart attacks.

The benefit of a family medicine physician is that we’re uniquely trained to see patients in all age ranges. And we build relationships with all of your family members, get to know their personalities and expectations of care, and analyze behavior and risk factors in the context of the whole family.

Family practice physicians work together with their patients and staff to ease pain and suffering, guide patients in their health care decisions and strategize for long-term health. We enjoy the unique opportunity to care for generations of family members over their lifetime.

Chapin Family Practice is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. This Lexington Medical Center physician practice specializes in adult and pediatric well exams, allergy medicine injections, colonoscopy, gynecological care, immunizations, laceration repairs, minor orthopaedic care with casting, minor surgery, pulmonary function testing, sports physicals, stress testing and upper endoscopy exams.

Chapin Family Practice
1612 Chapin Road
Chapin, SC 29036
(803) 345 – 3414