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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.
Imagine a future where we find disease in its early stages and our health problems are slowed, stopped and even reversed before we ever suffer their effects.
It's a nice thought, right? But it also seems like something that will never happen. Only a small amount of money is spent on preventive medicine and health education every year, while 70 percent of health care funds go toward treating chronic disease.
Salt Lake City is home to a simple way to address concerns before they become major health issues: Accuscan. It's like a virtual tour of your body. There's almost something surreal about the experience. One of out 10 patients find some issue that needs to be resolved. By the way this is completely confidential.
Some of Accuscan's services include a virtual colonoscopy, lung and heart scans and 3 and 4D ultrasounds. They can even provide fetal photography if desired. These simple diagnostic tests performed right in the company's Gateway office in downtown Salt Lake City are a great way to pick up potentially life-threatening conditions before they get too serious. It's also a way to encourage people to take charge of their own health.
You have to look at this as preventive medicine. Most cancers can be treated if caught early enough. The American Cancer Society and American Heart Association encourage you to be involved in screening services like this.
All you have to do is sit down with these folks and you will hear the lifesaving stories because someone decided they wanted to have these services performed. For example, one patient decided to get a scan shortly before leaving on a service mission for a few years. He was shocked when the scan discovered an early stage of lung cancer, and he was able to successfully treat it.
Another patient was concerned because he had a family history of heart disease so he wanted to get his heart checked. He not only found a heart problem, but a tumor on his neck long before any symptoms were felt. The scan saved his life.
For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.