Thyroid disease affects millions of people in the United States, most of whom are women. The disease causes the body to use energy either more slowly or quickly than it should, causing weight loss or gain, hot or cold flashes or drastic changes in energy level. Many people who have thyroid problems do not know until they are tested, said Sam’s officials.
Also on Oct. 8, men can get the prostate-specific antigen test to check for prostate cancer.
“The estimated number of people with undiagnosed thyroid disease may be 10 percent. For women, the risk is even higher. A woman faces as high as a one-in-five chance of developing thyroid problems during her lifetime, and that risk increases with age and for those with a family history of thyroid problems,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “Our free thyroid screenings are a quick and easy way for women to make sure their bodies are functioning and will continue to function in a healthy way.”
Free screenings will include a TSH test (a simple test for thyroid disorders), PSA, blood pressure and BMI tests, typically valued up to $150 per person. During the screenings, Sam’s Club pharmacies will also offer free samples of women’s health-related products and awareness information.
Sam’s Club continues to serve communities Nov. 12 with free, take-home colon screenings.
For information, times and locations of free health screenings in participating Sam’s Club locations, visit www3.sams club.com/healthyliving.