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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One of the highest death rates of colon cancer in the country is right here in Southwest Georgia.  According to the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition, Terrell County has 48.3 deaths per 100,000 people. That compares to just 18.5 statewide.

Dr. Bernard Scoggins is the medical director for Albany Area Primary Health Care, a non-profit that provides access to quality health care for people in several southwest Georgia communities who can't afford it.

Several gastroenterologists in Albany volunteered to perform free colonoscopies to people in Terrell and Baker Counties. Dr. Scoggins said, "Many people, especially in these times don't have any kind of insurance whatsoever and they deserve the same kind of screening as the rest of us do for colon cancer."

Dr. Scoggins says colon cancer is preventable with proper screenings.

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