Early detection saves lives! A primary goal of our ministry is early detection of disease in our community through appropriate medical screenings.
Don’t allow fear of a mammogram exam keep you from being checked. Mammograms save lives. Worldwide, breast cancer accounts for 23% of total cancer deaths. It's the leading cause of cancer deaths in women. That means one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
To help encourage women to get yearly mammograms, the Health and Wellness Ministry offers free mobile mammograms in the spring and fall through partnerships with Methodist Health System mobile unit, UT Southwestern, and Parkland Health and Hospital System. We especially encourage women without health insurance to take advantage of this medical service, as well as women who fall into these categories:
- Women of all ages with a family history of breast cancer
- Women 35 and older with no unusual breast symptoms, breast implants or prior history of breast cancer, and at least one full year from their last normal screening mammogram
- Community centers
- Other North Texas locations
Prostate cancer is found mainly in older men. Although the number of men with prostate cancer is large, most men diagnosed with this disease experience full recovery. Prostate cancer occurs more often in African Americans than in other ethnic groups. African American men with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease than white men with prostate cancer.
Risk factors for prostate cancer include the following:
- Being 50 years of age or older.
- Being African American.
- Having a brother, son, or father who had prostate cancer.
- Eating a diet high in fat or drinking alcoholic beverages.
- You are between 38-75 years of age and have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer and have not been screened for prostate cancer within the past 12 months; or
- You have a history of prostate cancer in your family.
High Blood Pressure
Most of the time, high blood pressure is “silent”—which means you may feel no symptoms. That’s why people can have high blood pressure and not even know it. In fact, 1 in 3 Americans has high blood pressure. It's a common health problem. And it’s important to know that uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to other serious health problems.
Free high blood pressure checks are offered to our members the first Sunday of every month after each service in the Worship Center medical room and performed by medically qualified Health and Wellness volunteers. Results are shared on the spot.
Other Medical Screenings
Throughout the year, the Health and Wellness Ministry offers medical screenings for glucose and cholesterol. Please check our Events Calendar for those specific dates.