Thomasville Times Enterprise

March 26, 2014

Free kidney screenings Friday


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THOMASVILLE — According to the CDC, more than 20 million people in the United States have varying levels of chronic kidney disease, one of the most serious, common and costly chronic diseases in the nation, and in Georgia.

The Georgia Medical Care Foundation has estimated that the state’s mortality rate for this illness is 30 to 40 percent higher than the national average, making chronic kidney disease one of the top 10 leading causes of death for Georgians.

 Research shows that people with high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, high cholesterol and a family history of chronic kidney disease seem to be at risk for developing the disease.

 As with any disease, it can be difficult to predict who will get chronic kidney disease. But regular screenings can help detect the disease early and in its most treatable stages.

 On Friday, Archbold will offer free kidney screenings from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Archbold Nephrology Group practice located at 334 Smith Ave. in Thomasville.

 The free screenings will include a renal panel (blood sample) and urinalysis (urine sample), as well as cholesterol and glucose screenings (blood sample) and blood pressure/height/weight/BMI. Tests and results will be provided free to participants as a clinical outreach effort supporting Archbold’s core value of Community Benefit.

 “Through free, routine screening events like this, we’ve been able to detect disease early, and in some cases we’ve saved lives,” said Todd Bennett, clinical outreach coordinator at Archbold.

“We know that early detection is the key to successful treatment of cancer and other chronic disease, so we encourage everyone to take advantage of the free screenings, even if you aren’t experiencing any warning signs or symptoms.”

 All screenings will be offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (229) 584-5520.