Cancer Coalition helping thousands get colon screenings
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
A colonoscopy could save your life, but it can also be costly and
maybe a little scary.
The Cancer Coalition of
South Georgia is taking those concerns away and helping people get screened for
The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia is working to raise
awareness about colorectal cancer and trying to help those 50 and older get
"We try to identify the patient that are in need of the
screening and then we start navigating them through the whole process making
sure they have access to their cancer screenings," said Rhonda Green.
A team of navigators from the cancer coalition works closely with
12 area healthcare clinics to perform colonoscopies. Early detection can
prevent cancer, but they say not enough people are taking advantage of the
"Who's coming through their office and who is in need. And if
they are uninsured and underinsured, the last thing they are going to think
about is the screening," said Green.
The navigators are with the patient through every stage of the
referral process at no cost.
"From identifying them to actually getting the colonoscopy
and if there is a cancer diagnosis we make sure they are connected with the
treatment that they need," said Green.
Since 2008, the cancer coalition of south Georgia has saved lives
by guiding thousands of people to a colonoscopy.
"We've been fortunate enough through those partnerships with
those clinics and GI's to have served over 2,000 patients.
People should get colonoscopies every 10 years, starting at age
If you need more information how you can get help from a
navigator, call the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia at 229-312-1709 or visit
them on www.sgacancer.org.