On November 9, 2016 I went in for my Life Scan. I was 33 years old, healthy with no medical conditions or symptoms. Life Scan found a large mass in my abdomen and after several weeks of tests I was diagnosed with rare Stage 2 Testicular Cancer. The Spring Fire Department thought I was valuable enough to provide me this test and Life Scan saved my life. The most valuable thing we have in life is time and because of them I have more time with my wife and 2 young children. I have more time to continue to do the job I love, and I don’t have any restrictions doing it. Thank you to the Spring Fire Department and Life Scan.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue (FLFR) used to provide just entry level physical examinations for all firefighter/paramedics and Ocean Rescue Lifeguards (Ocean Rescue is under fire rescue), and annual medical screenings for HazMat and Marine/Dive Team, in which, Marine/Dive Team receive limited immunizations. While completing our accreditation process through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) in late 2014 and accreditation status in August 2015; we conducted a comprehensive risk analysis and identified the need to implement mandatory annual physicals for our incumbent full-time fire personnel under a well-defined and medically validated wellness/fitness program. In order to do this, the department submitted an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in December 2015 and was awarded the grant in August 2016. Life Scan Wellness Centers was chosen to conduct the physicals.
Being the grant writer, and program/project manager, I will admit that our personnel along with myself were a bit scared on what our department’s results were going to be. The majority of our findings were comparable to what the findings were in other departments in the State of Florida. Many of my firefighters went to their primary care physicians or specialists to do follow-ups with their findings.
The most rewarding success story for this grant award was a Captain, now retired, was advised that he had some spots on his bladder and that he should take his results from the ultrasound and follow-up with his physician or urologist. In the follow-up process, additional tests were conducted on the employee which required a biopsy to be conducted. The results of the biopsy revealed to be cancer. The Captain was just 46-years old and 6 months away from retirement. When he was diagnosed, he called me to advise that I saved his life. I am happy to report that he was treated for the cancer and is now in remission doing 3-month check-ups to ensure that it does not return.
FLFR has now budgeted to do annual physicals that include a full health/wellness evaluation. FLFR projects a decrease in cardiac risk (high blood pressure, body weight, body fat composition, and lipid levels) with corresponding reduced risks of coronary artery disease, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, gall bladder disease, respiratory problems and many forms of cancer. Early detection reduces health care costs and workers compensation costs because many health issues are identified before they reach catastrophic levels. Additionally, members who are medically, physically and mentally fit provide better service to their community as well as amongst themselves.
On behalf of my wife, 11-month-old daughter and myself we want to convey our thanks to you for the proactive initiative to bring Life Scan for annual physicals. I had mine done. My Endocrinologist and
he said, “I don’t know why you had an ultrasound done!”
They found two types of rare cancers in their early stages from the nodules discovered by the Life Scan folks. The cancer diagnosis was a rare variation of Thyroid cancer that has no warning symptoms and another small tumor that is known to be aggressive. After metastasis there is 74% mortality in the first five years and of those that survive there is 79% mortality within 10 years. Chemo and Radiation do not work with this type of cancer and thus is considered terminal in most cases when metastasized.
Then the surgery was JAN 25.
I had no spread. By God’s grace and BSO’s proactive early scanning with “Life Scan” I was granted that miracle.
Thank you and God bless you all and your families.
Life Scan saved my life with their complimentary ultrasound at
Metro 2018. They found a mass on my kidney and I was diagnosed
with early stages Kidney Cancer. I am on a mission to improve the
health of my firefighters and Life Scan is a vital part of this mission!
Thank you, Life Scan!
I could not be more pleased with the quality and thoroughness of the physicals that your company delivers, you have a loyal customer in Hamilton Fire Department. I would also like to say that Lisa Simms, Amanda Peluso, and Jessica Archilla were simply a pleasure to work with! Their professionalism, caring attitude and complete willingness to work with me to make sure that the needs of a bunch of volunteers were met was simply amazing. So much so that they are welcome back anytime.
I don’t want to ramble on, but just know that I am very pleased with everything that Life Scan delivered, and I look forward to working with you for many years in the future.