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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Colonoscopy is the best tool to detect and prevent colorectal cancer

Franciscan St. Francis Health offers convenient screening times, free Prep Kits – and gas cards

INDIANAPOLIS – Colonoscopy. Mere thought of that word makes many squirm and uncomfortable.

But the reality is the procedure is performed under sedation and it’s the best tool to detect colon and rectal cancer in its early stages – and in many cases actually prevent the disease. A screening colonoscopy is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50, or sooner if there is a family history of colorectal cancer.

That’s why Franciscan St. Francis Health is offering unique colonoscopy screening events in May and June. Screenings will be performed by physicians from Franciscan Physician Network Kendrick Colon and Rectal Center, Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology and David Black, MD, LLC at Franciscan St. Francis Health – Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave.

Those registering will be invited to attend a Prep Party a week before their appointment to receive a free prep kit containing the items they will need to prepare for their screening. During these events, they also can take advantage of free bone density screenings, cholesterol screenings, and refreshments.

After completion of their screening colonoscopy participants also will receive a free $10 gas card.

Most insurance plans are accepted and participants are reminded to contact their providers regarding copays and deductibles. Additionally, a referral from a primary care physician may be required.

Call 866-466-1458 to schedule a screening.