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Health Screening

Module topics:

  • What is health screening and why is it important?
  • The importance of finding diseases early
  • Recommended screening tests
  • The importance of taking action when abnormal test results are found
  • Preventing disease and avoiding risk factors

Some diseases can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle. Other diseases cannot be prevented, but we can reduce their impact by finding them early. In this module, we will look at health screening and why it is important to find disease early. We will also look at why it is important to take action when an abnormal result is found and how a healthy lifestyle can help prevent disease.

What is health screening?

Health screening is the process of finding medical conditions or diseases. Health screening may include physical exams, medical tests, lab tests, or radiologic exams. Screening tests may be done by doctors or nurses, community health workers, or volunteers at health fairs such as the 9Health Fair.

Why is health screening important?

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Health screening is important because it is a way to:

  • Find medical conditions or disease: The main goal of health screening is to find diseases or medical conditions early while they are easier and less expensive to treat. According to the American Cancer Society, screening could find or prevent about half of new cancer cases.
  • Learn about your risk factors for disease: Screening tests may reveal risk factors. A risk factor is a behavior or health condition that put us at risk for disease. Risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or obesity, for example, may lead to heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Knowing about our risk factors allows us to make lifestyle changes that prevent the diseases they may lead to.
  • Track your health: Test results provide a track record of medical information. With a history of screening test results, we can track and own our health over time.
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How has 9Health Fair screening improved access to health?

9Health Fair has reached hundreds of thousands of people throughout Colorado and bordering states. Its volunteers have made a difference in thousands of people’s lives and improved the health of Coloradans for many years.

Along with many other services, 9Health Fair:

  • Has served over 80,000 people at 150 sites annually
  • Enlisted over 19,000 volunteers (44% medical, 56% non-medical)
  • Offers over 20 free and low-cost screening tests
  • Provides free transportation and interpreters
  • Calls participants with “alert” test results (by a doctor or nurse)
  • Provides personal and cumulative laboratory reports
  • Provides free blood screening for people in underserved communities
  • Publishes community-specific health reports
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