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Jan 06, 2011 | 1969 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Uncompahgre Medical Center’s Men’s Health Month: More Services for Less Money

Uncompahgre Medical Center offers specially priced annual exams during Men’s Health Month in January, with visits costing up to $500 temporarily costing $75, paid at time of service. The comprehensive physical, with a blood workup, is designed to evaluate a man’s current health status and review the preventative health recommendations for a man at any stage in his life.

“Each year Uncompahgre Medical Center saves a couple of lives through these physicals,” says Dr. Hillard Zallen. “We find that many men put off small symptoms they may be having that may indicate risk factors for more serious disease. With early detection, it is more likely that these issues will have successful treatments, which is why we encourage and subsidize Men’s Month.”

The screening includes a full physical exam, including a comprehensive skin exam, and blood tests that screen for: anemia, cholesterol, diabetes, kidney function, liver function, prostate cancer, thyroid function, and electrolyte balance. In addition, the risk factors for prostate cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer will be assessed. Following the guidelines recommended by a multitude of studies, the highest screening priorities for men are those for prostate cancer, cholesterol, hypertension, colon cancer, and tobacco use. Low-income men may qualify for free colorectal screening and prescription medications.

Most men will benefit from one preventative visit with comprehensive exam and blood work at least every couple of years, and for those over age 50, yearly exams are recommended.

“Many of the illnesses we screen for can be silent killers,” said Dr. Zallen. “Most men with significant health problems are actually asymptomatic and are completely unaware of the threat. A family history of major illness makes these screenings even more informative.”

UMC will also screen for depression, which can significantly affect physical health (and can easily go undiagnosed, even though about 20 percent of men experience depression in their lives). Physical effects include chronic pain, weight loss/weight gain, lack of sleep/too much sleep and chronic fatigue. Some men self-treat depression with over-the-counter medications or alcohol.

“The health screening is about more than just diagnosing medical concerns, though,” said Suzanne Haag, UMC physician assistant. “UMC is devoted to promoting healthy lifestyles, and we understand that initiating an exercise plan and proper diet can be intimidating. But proper diet and exercise is always a key part of effective treatment for any illness or disease. UMC providers can discuss the challenges patients are facing in beginning to address proper diet and exercise or frustrations if patients have reached a plateau.” Call 970/327-4233 for information or to make an appointment.

Text-to-Give Results in for Early Childhood Education Organizations’ Fundraiser

TELLURIDE – Mountain Munchkin’s Childcare Center and Preschool and the Wright Stuff Foundation’s Prime Time Preschool as the top two participants in the Early Childhood Education Category of the Text-to-Give Fundraiser, initiated by the Telluride Foundation to engage the community and empower donors of all levels to support community nonprofits.

The Telluride Academy and Bright Futures for Children also participated in the Nov. 26-Dec. 31 fundraiser; all four participants were matched, dollar for dollar, for each $5 text-message donation they secured.

Mountain Munchkins was the top fundraiser, at $1,060, giving out personalized, reusable canvas bags decorated by its students in exchange for each text to support the kids. Prime Time Preschool created a photo of the preschool children laid out to spell “TEXT;” they collected $505. The Telluride Academy and Bright Futures raised $25, each.

Fraudulent Phone Scam

MONTROSE - The Montrose Police Department received a report that a male, calling himself “Russell,” called an elderly female, claiming to be her grandson, asking for $3,000 for bail, following an accident, in Houston, Tex., that landed him in jail, suspected of DUI.

He asked her to not tell anyone about the call, because it was embarrassing.

Upon being turned down, the caller proclaimed himself “a millionaire thanks to old people and cripples,” before hanging up.

Montrose Police Department Commander Gene Lillard reminds citizens who receive suspicious phone calls to not give out any personal or credit card information, and asks them to notify law enforcement immediately by calling 970/252-5200.
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