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Know Your Risk For Disease

May 22, 2018

Shelby Allen, RN, BSN
Your health is important to you.


Your health is important to you. Do you know if you are at risk for future health problems? Knowing your risk of a disease can help you take the right steps to prevent or manage it.

Freeman Health System provides several free Online Health Risk Assessments to help you have a better understanding of your risk for disease. Freeman offers assessments for breast cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart problems and weight-loss surgery. Assessments can be downloaded and printed to your physician.

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment is a quick, seven-question assessment. In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in American women and 2,550 new cases in American men. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you may be at an increased risk of breast cancer. Please call Wes & Jan Houser Women’s Pavilion at 417.347.7777 to schedule an in depth high-risk assessment.

Diabetes Risk Assessment

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30.3 million American adults have diabetes, 7.2 million of those adults are undiagnosed. Many factors, such as family history and diet, play into a person’s risk of diabetes. The Freeman Diabetes Risk Assessment can help you learn your eight-year risk of developing diabetes. Once the assessment is completed, you’ll receive a personalized report outlining information about your health. Contact Freeman Diabetes Education at 417.347.5700 for more information.

Stroke Risk Assessment

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. The Freeman Stroke Risk Assessment can help you learn about your stroke risk, risk factors associated with stroke and steps to take to reduce the risk. Once you complete the assessment, you’ll receive a personalized report outlining information about your health.

Heart Health Assessment

Every 44 seconds someone suffers a heart attack. Equipped with the right tools you can control factors that lead to heart disease, which include monitoring cholesterol and blood pressure, quitting smoking and managing stress. The assessment takes 10 – 15 minutes to complete. For more information contact Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute at 417.347.5000.

Weight-loss Surgery Assessment

Discover if weight-loss surgery may be an option for you. The Weight-Loss Surgery Assessment helps determine your weight category and if you should lose weight. Additionally, it identifies your weight-related issues and conditions. For more information about Freeman Bariatric Center, call Janice at 417.347.1266.

All Freeman Online Health Assessments can be found here. An assessment is intended for informational purposes only. Please contact your healthcare provider if you believe you are at risk of a disease.

About the Author

Shelby Allen, RN, BSN, has led the Freeman Prevention & Wellness team for more than 20 years.  The team consists of Freeman Screen Team, Freeman WellBalance, and wellness programming to area schools and businesses.  She is a nurse and certified wellness director, bringing prevention and detection to the community.  For more information, call Freeman Prevention & Wellness at 417.347.5646.