In honor of World Kidney Day, March 13, 2008, the Nephrology Division would like to “get the word out” to help increase awareness of the epidemic of kidney disease in the U.S. and worldwide
Facts about kidney disease:
- 1 of every 9 Americans (26 million) are suffering from kidney disease
- Almost 50% of people with advanced kidney disease are not aware of their failing kidneys
- Early detection and treatment can slow progression of kidney disease
- 98,000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant
- The cost of end-stage kidney disease care is estimated at $20 billion dollars and, at current rates, will be $54 billion by 2020
Increasing awareness is one of the first steps toward prevention and early detection.
To learn more about events, facts, and initiatives of World Kidney Day celebrated in 70 countries, go to http://www.worldkidneyday.org.
To learn more about a free, comprehensive health screening for people at high risk for kidney disease, see below.
Do you or a family member have diabetes or high blood pressure?
Does anyone in your family have kidney disease?
If you answered YES, you are at risk for kidney disease.
What? A free, comprehensive health screening for people at high risk for kidney disease. Must qualify and pre-register. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure or have a family member with kidney disease, you may qualify!
Where? National Kidney Foundation of Michigan: 1169 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108
When? Saturday, March 22, 2008, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
To register, or for more information, call 734-222-9800
Keep your kidneys healthy . . . get checked.