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Questions about kidney disease? Risk factors? Signs and symptoms? Are you concerned about yourself, a friend or family member? Ask Dr. Spry.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Chronic Diseases Research Group have teamed up with the National Kidney Foundation NKF to pilot test a kidney disease screening program, CHERISH, based on the (NKF) Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP). This high profile project will promote public health approaches to chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Since 1997, the NKF has screened more than 120,000 people at risk for kidney disease through KEEP. The program is a free nationwide screening program designed to raise awareness about kidney disease and provide free testing to high risk individuals, so that kidney disease and its complications can be prevented or delayed.
Two highly successful CHERISH screenings have already taken place in The Bronx and Syracuse, NY this fall. Future CHERISH screenings will be held in the following locations:
These were selected as pilot sites because their populations reflect the racial and ethnic distribution of the U.S. population as a whole. CHERISH targets Americans at high risk for chronic kidney disease -- those who have diabetes or high blood pressure or are above the age of 50.
If you live in one of the future screening areas and would like to register for the screening please call 800-622-9010.