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Health Screening

What screening tests does the 9Health Fair offer?

The 9Health Fair offers a wide variety of screening tests. Many are done at the health fair; others are take-home tests sent to a laboratory. Most tests are free; others are available for a fee.

  • Blood pressure
  • Height/Weight/BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Vision
  • Blood chemistry (cholesterol, glucose, liver, kidney, thyroid and more)
  • PSA (for men)
  • Blood cell count
  • Colon cancer take-home kit
  • Vitamin D
  • Hemoglobin A1C

You can also ask questions and get information from healthcare professionals. Learn more at the 9Health Fair FAQ

Why is it important to find disease early?

Finding disease early is important because it save lives. It also saves money and reduces suffering. When diseases are found early, they are easier to treat and manage. When they are not found early, diseases or health conditions may worsen. This means that people may suffer longer with a disease, go through more difficult treatment, or have a lower chance of survival.

Diabetes and high cholesterol are two examples of conditions that many people are unaware that they have. When these conditions go unnoticed, they may lead to serious complications, chronic disease or death.

chart showing that 33% of diabetes is undiagnosed
  • Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood. Over time, diabetes can damage the kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes and other organs. It can also lead to complications such as blindness, stroke, heart disease, foot amputations and nerve damage.

    According to the CDC, about 18 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. As the chart to the right shows, one-third of people with diabetes do not know they have it. Source: Almanac of Chronic Disease 2008 (Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease)
  • High Cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatty or waxy substance found in every cell of your body. We need cholesterol to make hormones and for our cells to work well. Our bodies create most of our cholesterol, but we also get cholesterol from what we eat.

    According to the World Health Organization, 50% of all heart attacks and strokes are linked to high cholesterol. A CDC Report, High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, estimates that one-third of adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol. Two-thirds of these do not have it under control.

What do you think?

A mammogram can detect cancer in the breast _______ before a lump can be felt.

6 months
1-3 years
3-5 years

Source: The Burden of Chronic Diseases and Their Risk Factors: National and State Perspectives (CDC)

What is the 5-year survival rate when colorectal cancer is found early and treated?

70%
80%
90%

Source: Power of Prevention 2009 (CDC)

What is the number one killer of women in the U.S.?

Heart disease
Diabetes

Source: Medline Plus

What percentage of melanomas (a type of skin cancer) can be recognized with the naked eye?

30%
60%
90%

Source: National Cancer Institute

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