Sam's Club to offer free thyroid health tests for women

Tests offered in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Mass merchandiser Sam's Club is offering a free women's health screening in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the chain said Tuesday.

Sam's Club pharmacies will offer all women, including members and nonmembers, free thyroid health tests on Oct. 8 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., including the TSH test for thyroid disorders, blood pressure and body mass index tests. Thyroid disease affects millions of people in the United States — mostly women — and is often a symptom of other health issues and can lead to serious conditions, such as cancer and infertility.

"The estimated number of people with undiagnosed thyroid disease may be 10%," Sam's Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "A woman faces as high as a 1-in-5 chance of developing thyroid problems during her lifetime, and that risk increases with age and for those with a family history of thyroid problems."


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