Breaking Down Barriers: Temple Health’s Mission to Increase Colon Cancer Screenings and Improve Outcomes

Temple Health promotes the importance of at-home colon cancer screening

As a journalist, I would like to start by highlighting the decrease in new cases of colon cancer among older adults. This is due to advancements in screening techniques that allow for early detection and treatment, increasing the chances of a cure. Despite this progress, many adults who are eligible for routine screening at age 45 do not undergo preventative colonoscopies. As a result, individuals may not realize they have colon or rectal cancer until it has progressed to an advanced stage.

To address this issue, medical providers at Temple Health are actively working to improve access to screening options, target individuals who are not currently receiving preventative care, and address racial disparities in outcomes. Dr. Abraham Ifrah, an internal medicine resident at Temple Health emphasizes the importance of reaching marginalized individuals who often face barriers in accessing life-saving screenings.

Colonoscopies are considered the most effective screening method for colorectal cancer as they can detect polyps and tumors at all stages. However, the procedure involves drinking a laxative solution the day before to cleanse the colon and being performed under anesthesia which can pose obstacles to some individuals seeking preventative care such as lack of transportation or health insurance.

Temple Health is focusing on raising awareness about alternative screening options such as take-home fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) for those who may face challenges in completing colonoscopies. By promoting alternative screening methods and addressing barriers to access, Temple Health aims to increase early detection and improve outcomes for individuals at risk of colorectal cancer.

In conclusion, while there have been recent advancements in decreasing new cases of colon cancer among older adults through increased access to screenings and treatments, it is important that we continue to work towards improving accessibility for all individuals regardless of their background or circumstances. By doing so we can ensure that everyone has equal opportunities for early detection and prevention of this deadly disease.

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