BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the course of a lifetime, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, making it one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women. In support of Women's Health Month and to contribute to the fight against this disease, Sam's Club is offering free women's health and vision screenings Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all Sam's Club locations with a pharmacy, open to members and non-members alike.
Sam's Club locations nationwide are giving away more than 25,000 breast self-exam kits during the free health screenings.* The kits include educational literature about breast self-exams and an easy-to-use take-home gel-filled pad to help women better detect changes in breast tissue, such as a lump, that might require a follow-up exam by a physician.
Along with the free take-home kits for women, the screening program includes free in-Club tests* for both men and women valued at up to $150, to include:
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) screenings to test for potential women's health issues due to issues with thyroid functionality
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings to test for signs of prostate cancer in men
- Blood pressure
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Total cholesterol
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
- Vision testing/screening**
"Many health issues affecting women often do not show symptoms and can be identified only with testing," said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam's Club Health and Wellness. "For the second year in a row, Sam's Club is committed to offering free screenings and kits that lift awareness of important women's health concerns like breast cancer to better serve the communities in which we live and work."
Sam's Club has provided many additional women's health tips in its current issue of Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine, which is available online and at the Sam's Club Pharmacy and Member Service counters. For more information about the free health screenings, visit SamsClub.com/healthyliving, or text SCREEN to 72671 to receive monthly reminders about health screenings at a local Sam's Club. (Message and data rates may apply).
This fall, Sam's Club also has extended its health offerings further to include immunizations such as flu and pneumonia shots, as well as shingles, chickenpox, whooping cough and six other vaccines, all administered by registered nurses. The immunizations program is a collaboration between Sam's Club and Mollen Immunization Clinics, and vaccinations are available to anyone older than 3 years of age. To schedule or learn more about immunizations available to Sam's Club members and the public, please visit SamsClub.com/flushots.
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Sam's Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation's eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of 34 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made Simple(SM), visit SamsClub.com, and look for Sam's Club on Twitter and Facebook.
* Screening types may vary by Club and quantities of tests and samples are limited in each Club.
** Vision testing/screening is only available in Clubs with an Optical Center, may vary by location and is applicable to state law.
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