Family medicine refers to the primary, continuous, and comprehensive care for patients of all ages and genders. It is the most versatile area of physician specialties.
Family physicians provide continuing care across generations, in the context of the whole family. While family physicians commonly treat you for coughs, colds, sore throats and other common illnesses, they also monitor your health for signs of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. They help make sure you get preventive screenings, such as colonoscopies and mammograms, to detect diseases like cancer as early as possible. Family physicians also emphasize wellness along with preventive services such as immunizations.