New Screenings, Cancer Clinical Trial Seminar Highlight Code Med Health Fair

Over 75 Community Organizations to Attend MACON, GA (May 25, 2011) – Code Med, the annual health fair sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), will incorporate three new screenings and an educational seminar about cancer clinical trials into the healthy day of learning and fun. Breast exams, skin exams and AngioScreen® will be featured for the first time at this event, scheduled Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy., across from Macon State College. The breast and skin exams will be done by appropriately trained and certified health care professionals, who will also provide education and training for self-examination. Appointments are required for these private exams. Please call 478-633-2229. AngioScreen® is a service designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in this country, through an integrated and non-invasive cardiovascular screening program that takes 12 to 15 minutes. Screenings cost $50. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment. Three seminars hosted by the Cancer Life Center at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. will discuss cancer clinical trials, research studies involving people that try to answer scientific questions and find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. Persons interested in learning more about cancer clinical trials or being involved with them are encouraged to attend one of these sessions. These additions to Code Med expand MCCG’s only comprehensive health fair for the family. Free health screenings for adults and children, health and safety tips and demonstrations, exhibits and education from over 75 community organizations and agencies, giveaways, and photographs with MCCG’s affable mascot Medi Tedi are featured. Free health screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat analysis, cholesterol and depression. PSA Screenings (for prostate cancer) will be available for men (45 and older). Screenings are subject to change. Health topics covered are cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, stroke, living wills and more. Screenings are subject to change. The Georgia Child Identification Program (GACHIP) returns this year. GACHIP gives families a measure of protection against the disappearance of a child and provides law enforcement with important tools to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of a child. A single photo, fingerprinting, short video interview, dental imprint and DNA sample (from a mouth swab) of the child are compiled to a CD and given to the parents.

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