Colorectal screening hopes to reduce colon cancer

Colorectal screening hopes to reduce colon cancer

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer ranks number three in cancer related deaths affecting both men and women and like every other type of cancer early detection and treatment is key. Covenant Health is offering free colonoscopies for patients who qualify. 

"Covenant hospital with a combination of a physician, including gastroenterologists, anesthesiologists, pathologist, and surgeons are providing this service for free," said Dr. Elias Ghandour, Gastroenterologist at Covenant Health. "Any person of the age fifty or above who has no insurance would be qualified for it." 

Colorectal screening tests can detect tiny polyps which are abnormal growths in both the rectum and colon. 

"The best way to prevent colon cancer is screening, " said Ghandour. "The importance of a screening colonoscopy is that we look for polyps and when we find those polyps we remove them and that's how you prevent cancer." 

Criteria for qualifying patients include: being at least 50 years of age or have a family history of colon cancer, have not previously had a colonoscopy, and must qualify for financial assistance. All materials, including anesthesia and colon prep kits, will be provided. The colonoscopy clinic will be on Saturday, March 24th at the Covenant Endoscopy Center. 

Those interested must call (806) 725-7448 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, to be screened for qualification for this preventive procedure. The qualification screening deadline has been extended until March 16th  
 


 

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