TTUHSC offering Free kidney screening Saturday Oct. 3rd - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/29/09

TTUHSC offering Free kidney screening Saturday Oct. 3rd

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In West Texas, 3,300 people need dialysis in order to stay alive and they are part of nearly 335,000 nationwide, who are tied to dialysis as a lifeline. Aside from a kidney transplant, dialysis is the final option to people with critical kidney disease, but the good news is prevention is great medicine and that starts with screening to find the problem early. 

Texas Tech physicians are holding what they call "Kidney School" on Saturday to help people know if they are at risk. "It's important because most people don't know that they have kidney disease. It's a silent killer and basically many times it's caught by some routine exam or bloodwork," said Denise VanBuren, the regional program director with the National Kidney Foundation.

Kidney School starts at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at the Texas Tech Health Science Center and it's FREE. The public is welcome to come and ask questions.  There will be a physician there who can explain kidney trouble in Spanish, if that would be of help to someone.  For more information or to reserve a seat please call 799-7753.

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