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Temple Health promotes at-home colon cancer screening awareness

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One positive trend in recent years is the decline in new cases of colon cancer among older adults, largely attributed to improved screening techniques. Early detection of cancer can lead to successful treatment and even a cure. However, many adults who are eligible for routine screening at age 45 are not getting the preventative colonoscopies they need. This can lead to the disease being diagnosed at an advanced stage, making treatment more difficult.

Medical professionals at Temple Health are working to address this issue by increasing access to screening options and reducing racial disparities in outcomes. Dr. Abraham Ifrah, an internal medicine resident at Temple Health emphasizes the importance of reaching those facing barriers to accessing life-saving screenings. The gold standard for detecting colorectal cancer is a colonoscopy, a procedure performed in a hospital or surgery center. However, many people face challenges in completing this process due to lack of transportation, health insurance or paid time off work. To address this challenge Temple Health promotes awareness around take-home fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) as an alternative screening option that increases awareness and accessibility to screening methods with aim to improve outcomes and reduce disparities in colorectal cancer detection.

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