Focus on Kidneys with Free Health Screening During National Kidney Month

March 1, 2014

Focus on Kidneys with Free Health Screening During National Kidney Month
World Kidney Day Event featuring Chicago Dignitaries and Local Legislators

Each year, kidney disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined. But while the majority of Americans can recite the common tests for breast and prostate cancer, not many know the risk factors and tests that could keep them off of dialysis and the transplant list.

March is National Kidney Month, and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is urging all Illinoisans to give their kidneys some attention with a well-deserved check-up. On March 13, 2014, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will celebrate World Kidney Day with a press event at 9:30 am and free health screenings beginning at 10:00 am. The event will be held at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, 1969 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

Because kidney disease often develops slowly with few symptoms, it can 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.

Chicago dignitaries and local legislators, including Cook County Commissioner Robert B. Steele, will be featured at this World Kidney Day press event on the importance of maintaining good health, followed by free health screenings for the public. The screening will also include an optional 1-on-1 question and answer session with the NKFI Professional Advisory Board Chair Dr. Tipu Puri of University of Chicago, and Stroger Hospital’s Dr. Kalyani Perumal and Dr. Peter Hart.

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois organizes health screenings with the KidneyMobile®, a mobile truck that travels across the state screening community members for diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease. Since 2006, the KidneyMobile® has screened nearly 40,000 people throughout Illinois. Alarmingly, almost 75% of those screened were found to have at least one significantly abnormal result.

Quick Facts on Kidney Disease:

  • 26 million American adults - over 1 million Illinoisans - already have kidney disease.
  • Kidney disease is the 8th leading cause of death in the country.
  • Every 30 minutes, your kidneys filter all the blood in your body, removing waste and excess fluid.
  • Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney disease.
  • Of the 120,000 Americans currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, more than 99,000 need a kidney. Fewer than 17,000 people receive one each year.
  • Every day, 14 people die waiting for a kidney.

World Kidney Day will be held in partnership with the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Stroger Hospital Department of Nephrology and the Illinois Medical District Commission.

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. For more details on the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois World Kidney Day event, click here.