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Cancer Coalition helps woman get potentially life-saving procedure

Juanita Lamar Juanita Lamar
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Juanita Lamar says her colonoscopy was no problem. She is 63 years old.

"All I remember was we're going to sedate you, were going to turn you over and the next thing I remember I was being pushed back to the recovery room," said Lamar.

She doesn't have insurance and wasn't able to pay for the colon screening she needed. But she was contacted by a navigator from the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia through her clinic.

"The procedure was good. It was great. Mr. Greene was great, he talked me through the whole process. He was there for me all the time, said Juanita Lamar.

But contact with her navigator didn't stop after her colonoscopy.

"He checked on me twice since I had it done. I say he really cares about people and I never met him," said Lamar.

She had her first colonoscopy 10 years ago and now she's encouraging everyone to take advantage of the screening that can prevent or detect colorectal cancer.

"If you haven't been checked for colon cancer, please do, get yourself checked," said Lamar. If you don't have any insurance get in touch with the cancer coalition program, somebody will help you."

The Cancer Coalition focuses on helping the uninsured and under-insured get the life-saving test they need.

African Americans are urged to get their first colonoscopy at age 45. All others should start at 50 unless they have a history of colon cancer in their family.

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