CMH to host health expo in Buffalo March 5
Low-cost health screenings available at Dallas County Family Medical Center
Area residents are encouraged to mark their calendars for the health expo at the CMH Dallas County Family Medical Center sponsored by Citizens Memorial Healthcare. The March 5 health expo will be held from 7 – 10 a.m. The clinic is located at 201 S. Ash in Buffalo.
Because blood screenings are offered at cost, CMH does not file insurance. The clinic accepts cash and check at health expo events. A lipid panel measuring the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides is available for $25. A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) includes testing for glucose, calcium, electrolytes and liver function for $20. Men may receive a Prostate Cancer (PSA) test for $30. A Thyroid Profile (TSH + FT4) test is available for $30, a Complete Blood Count (CBC) test for $15, Protime (Pt) and INR test for $20 and a Hemoglobin AIC test is available for $20. Results are mailed in approximately 10 working days.
CMH encourages people to participate in the health expo to improve overall health, prevent disease and detect health problems early. In addition to the screenings, the health expo provides opportunities for people to obtain health education materials and learn about the prevention of diseases including cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes and chronic lung disease.
The results from the lipid panel are more accurate if participants refrain from eating or drinking (except water, black coffee or tea) for eight to 14 hours prior to testing and refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages three days prior.
The PSA screening does not require fasting, which is not recommended for known diabetics or hypoglycemics. Participants need to take their medication as directed because their medications will not alter their results. The tests are screenings only and are not intended to replace regular checkups with a physician or nurse practitioner.
For more information about the health expo, contact the CMH Information Center at 417-328-6010 or 888-328-6010.
February 15, 2011