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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 colorectal cancer.

The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia is working to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and trying to help those 50 and older get screened.

"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 test.

"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 50.

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.

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