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February 2012 | News

P & PMarch 8 is World Kidney Day
World Kidney Day is being recognized internationally today! Some of our staff will be set up at in the atriums of Health Sciences Centre, Seven Oaks General Hospital and St. Boniface Hospital today if you want to find out more about kidney health and win prizes while doing so.  Did you know as many as 100,000 Manitobans have some form of kidney disease? More Manitobans need to know if they are at risk for kidney disease, and to catch it before it’s too late. Kidney disease is often silent – happening without making you feel sick. It can affect anyone at any age and is the result of damage to the kidneys. While kidney damage can occur for a variety of reasons, the most common contributors are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or family history of kidney problems. Know if you are at risk and get screened. Simple tests can be done to measure your kidney function. Early detection is important because kidney damage is irreversible and too much kidney damage results in the need for dialysis or a kidney transplant. Help raise awareness and increase prevention and early detection of kidney disease by finding out if you, or someone you love, is at risk and talking to your doctor about it. Also check out our kidney quiz.

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