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Sam's Club plans free men's health screenings
May 31st, 2012
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Next month Sam's Club pharmacies will offer free health checks for men in recognition of Men's Health Month in June.
The Walmart warehouse club chain said Thursday that on Saturday, June 9, it will provide free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests to screen for accelerated PSA protein levels in the blood, a symptom of benign prostate enlargement and/or prostate cancer.
Other free screenings at the approximately 500 Sam's Club pharmacies will include body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure tests, with the total offering valued at up to $150.
The chain noted that member Gary Wackler from Eden, N.C., participated in last year's free PSA test and said about his test results, "My PSA level was 8, which is not good. By the time I [saw] a doctor six or eight weeks later, my level was 15."
He added, "There are all sorts of reasons why a PSA level can be elevated, but in my case it turned out to be an aggressive prostate cancer. Without Sam's Club, I might have gone another year without a PSA test. That PSA screening may very well have saved my life."
"Life-changing experiences like Mr. Wackler's remind me why Sam's Club continues to invest in free health and wellness screenings to our communities every month," stated Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of health and wellness at Sam's Club. "Sam's Club has provided more than 1 million free screenings since March 2011, and we continue to explore ways for our communities to manage their health needs with the convenience and value our members deserve."
Sam's Club said that on July 14 it plans to provide free health screenings focused on healthy aging.