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Low-Cost Screenings At Pioneer Center

Health Fair scheduled Oct. 16-17

More than 300 people are expected to attend the 28th annual White Salmon Community Health Fair on Oct. 16 and 17 to receive low- or no-cost health screenings.

Skyline Hospital, Klickitat County Senior Services, and the Washington State Department of Health join forces to help keep county residents healthy.

The fair will run from 7 to 11 a.m. each day.

The Health Fair provides an economical way to assess your general health. Admission is free as are most screenings such as blood pressure, height and weight, and balance testing. The colorectal cancer screening kit is available for home testing. And for those who do not have insurance coverage, discount coupons will be available for mammograms (and you can schedule an appointment here for your mammogram at the hospital). In addition, you'll find information on osteoporosis, mammography and bone density among other health issues.

Other screenings (for a nominal fee) include a PSA test and a blood chemistry screen. The $40 blood test includes a lipid panel (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, and coronary risk), a comprehensive metabolic panel, and a thyroid check (TSH). Men may opt for the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for an additional $20.

If you intend to have your blood drawn you must fast for at least 12-hours prior. Appointments are available for the blood chemistry screening, but drop-in appointments are also fine.

For an appointment call 493-3068. Payments must be made by cash or check.

Breakfast will be served by Senior Services in the Pioneer Center for $5. So please come and enjoy a healthy and hearty breakfast.

The Health Fair is designed to enhance, not replace, your regular health care needs by providing early detection, prevention, and education at little or no cost. Diabetes, prostate cancer, hypertension and leukemia have been identified in the past, and all of these issues are better tackled by early detection. Skyline Hospital sends a copy of these screenings to the participants and to the participant's family physician.

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