The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is teaming up with Midwestern Career College to provide a free kidney and health screening on Wednesday, May 4 for all community members. The screening will be held at MCC’s Blue Island location at 12840 South Western Avenue, Blue Island, IL from 10 am to 2 pm. Anyone interested in getting screened for kidney disease, high blood pressure or diabetes is encouraged to attend. There is no cost to be screened, and appointments are not necessary.
The screening will be offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ KidneyMobile, the nation’s only custom mobile unit that travels across the state screening individuals for kidney disease and its two main causes: diabetes and high blood pressure.
In addition to a free screening, attendees will also be able to talk privately with a nurse or doctor about their results and take an educational tour of the KidneyMobile.
Each year, kidney disease kills more people than breast or prostate cancer, but while the majority of Americans can recite the common tests for breast and prostate cancer, many do not know the risk factors and tests that could keep them off dialysis and the transplant waiting list. Because kidney disease often develops slowly with few symptoms, it can frequently go undetected until it is very advanced. Simple steps such as controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, keeping weight down, exercising regularly, quitting smoking and avoiding excessive use of pain medicine, can help reduce risk.
“One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease, while one in nine already have the disease” said Anne Black, Chief Executive Officer with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. “That means more than 1.1 million people in Illinois are affected. Our goal is to educate the community about the risks for kidney disease and detect it early so that they can manage the disease and slow its progression.”
About the NKFI
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois improves the health and well-being of people at risk for and affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment. To learn more, please visit www.nkfi.org.