Archbold Offers Community Health Fair—Free Cancer and Cardiovascular Screenings

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Archbold Offers Community Health Fair—Free Cancer and Cardiovascular Screenings

Thursday, June 17, 2011

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, hypertension, stroke and diabetes now account for 80% of deaths in the United States and 75% of healthcare costs.

There are various ways to stay healthy—from hand washing to eating a balanced diet. Regular physical exams and routine health screening tests are equally important parts of preventative healthcare.

It’s also important to know that staying healthy doesn’t have to be expensive.

Archbold physicians and staff are partnering with the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center on Thursday June 23, to offer a free community health fair. Physicians will screen patients for prostate, breast, oral, skin and cervical cancer. Cardiovascular screenings will include cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index.

“Archbold offers health screenings free of charge as part of the hospital’s Community Benefit commitment, an organizational Core Value focused on improving the lives in our community that we serve,” said Almeda Simpson, assistant vice president for clinical and community outreach.

Simpson said it is very common that an Archbold screening participant is made aware of a chronic condition that may have otherwise been diagnosed too late or not diagnosed at all.

“Cancer and cardiovascular screenings often lead to an early diagnosis for people without any signs or symptoms of disease,” said Simpson. “Early detection is often the key to successful treatment of chronic diseases.”

Archbold encourages everyone to take advantage of the free screenings even if you aren’t experiencing any warning signs of cardiovascular disease or cancer.

Ed Rich, Archbold screening participant, knows firsthand how these free screenings can be life-saving.

“Looking back, had I not taken advantage of the screening, I would have never known how close I was to having another heart attack or that I was at risk for having a stroke,” said Rich. “I had a big problem. Everyone should take advantage of this free test, because you just don’t know.”

The Community Health Fair will be held at Archbold’s Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center from 4 to 7 pm. Archbold physicians and staff will perform the screenings and will be available to answer any questions.

For more information, contact Archbold Marketing and Public Relations at (229) 227-5140.