Archbold Hosts Free Cancer, Heart, Vascular and Diabetes Screenings
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Heart disease results in more deaths in Georgia and nationally than any other disease every year. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, South Georgia has more deaths from heart disease and stroke than both the state and national averages.
Additionally, cancer is the second leading cause of death among all diseases nationally and in Georgia, and as with heart disease, South Georgia counties face even higher mortality rates related to cancer than the rest of the state.
Another health risk affecting many South Georgians is diabetes. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation suggests 20 percent of Thomas County adults over age 20 have been diagnosed with the disease.
Though clinically different, these diseases all have something in common: early detection is often the key to successful treatment.
On Saturday, Archbold physicians and health professionals will offer free heart, vascular, diabetes and cancer screenings from 10am until 2pm at the 100 Black Men of America Interest Group of Southwest Georgia Health Fair.
Screenings that will be offered free of charge include cholesterol and glucose screenings (blood sample), pulmonary function testing, kidney screenings and blood pressure/height/weight/BMI.
Ankle-brachial index testing will be available until 1pm, and prostate cancer screenings will be available to those with a physician recommendation. Take home colon cancer screening kits will also be available.
Screenings and results will be provided at no cost to participants as a clinical outreach effort supporting Archbold’s Core Value of Community Benefit.
“It’s very common for participants to learn they have high blood pressure, diabetes or even cancer at free health screenings,” said nephrologist Daryl O. Crenshaw, M.D. “Many people may never even have symptoms until it’s too late, or some may just ignore the symptoms. Regardless of your age, symptoms or family history we encourage everyone to take advantage of Archbold’s free screening opportunities because it’s truly a blessing to find these diseases early in the most treatable stages.”
The event will be held at Douglass High School on Alexander Street in Thomasville. For best results, do not drink sweetened liquids or eat for at least six hours prior to screening. Availability is limited. To reserve an appointment, call (229) 228-8542.