Screening opportunities - here's to your health

October 01, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Do it for your health - take advantage of health screenings.

Heart disease alone accounts for roughly 700,000 yearly deaths in the U.S. - just under a third of all deaths nationwide, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Preventative screenings have been shown to be effective in disease prevention and early detection whether it's for heart disease, cancer or osteoporosis, according to data from the American Medical Association and the CDC.

Listed are some health screenings throughout the Tri-State region.

Breast cancer screenings

Free breast cancer screening provided by the Make a Difference Breast Cancer Program includes free clinical exams, transportation to clinics, and free health information. Screenings have been scheduled at the following locations:


· Noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 - Somerford Assisted Living, 10116 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown.

· Noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 - Review and Herald Publishing Association, 55 Oak Ridge Drive, south of Hagerstown.

· Noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 - John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Suite 129, east of Hagerstown.

The John R. Marsh Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley, and the Washington County Health Department's Breast and Cervical Cancer Program coordinated the screenings. For more information, call 301-665-4671.

Blood pressure screenings

Monthly blood pressure screenings provided by Home Health Care for local residents at the following locations:

· 10 to 11 a.m., the second Monday of the month - Hancock Senior Citizens Center, 126 W. High St., Hancock. For more information, call 301-678-7163.

· 10 to 11 a.m., the second Tuesday of the month - Francis Murphy Apartments, 20014 Rosebank Way, Hagerstown. For more information, call 301-790-0275.

· 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the second Thursday of the month - Williamsport Senior Citizens Center, 215 Otho Holland Drive, Williamsport. For more information and directions, call 301-223-6588.

· 11 a.m. to noon, the fourth Tuesday of the month - Maugansville Greenside Apartments, 14036 Village Mill Drive, Maugansville. For more information, call 301-791-2211.

Vascular, osteoporosis screenings

Life Line Screenings, a Cleveland-based health care company, will offer vascular and osteoporosis screenings on the following days:

· 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 - Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, 405 Northern Ave., Hagerstown

· 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 - Clear Spring Town Hall, 146 Cumberland St., Clear Spring

The screenings are noninvasive and include three vascular screenings - stroke/carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm - and an osteoporosis screening. Appointment only; appointments are accepted as late as the day of the screening.

Vascular screenings cost $45 each; the osteoporosis screening costs $35; all four screenings cost $129. For more information, call 800-897-9188, ext. 2009.

Screenings for people with low incomes

Washington County Health Department (WCHD) offers the following screenings by appointment only:

· Breast and cervical cancer

Pap tests (when necessary), clinical breast exams and mammograms are offered to women who are 40 to 64 years of age, meet WCHD financial guidelines and do not have insurance that will cover these tests.

For more information, or to see if you qualify, call 240-313-3235.

· Colon cancer screening and treatment

This program provides colonoscopy screenings to Washington County residents age 50 and older, or younger with a qualifying first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with colon cancer or adenomatous polyps. Residents also must be uninsured or underinsured and meet WCHD financial guidelines. For more information, or to see if you qualify, please call 240-420-1796.

· Prostate cancer screening and treatment

Complete prostate cancer screenings include a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). Residents must also be uninsured or underinsured and meet WCHD financial guidelines. The program is offered to Washington County residents 50 to 70 years old, or who meet the following criteria:

· Men ages 45 to 49 who are either African-American or of African descent or have a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer.

· Men aged 40 to 44 who are African-American or of African descent and have one or more first-degree relatives with prostate cancer.

· Anyone with two first-degree relatives who develop prostate cancer before the age of 65.

For more information, or to see if you qualify, please call 240-420-1796.

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