Crystal Light & SEPTA Tokens Help Boost Colon Screenings


March 7, 2012

6 ABC

A segment on 6ABC's Health Check profiles Penn Medicine's West Philadelphia GI Health Outreach and Access Program, a patient navigation program that is improving the colorectal cancer screening rates for local residents by providing guidance and assistance every step of the way. The program aims to erase some of the hurdles that cause patients to put off colonoscopies. Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE, associate professor in the Department of Medicine and co-director of the program, says patient navigators improve screening rates from 10 to 20 percent. And, she says problems are being caught. "Half of the people we've put through the program actually had some kind of abnormality in their colonoscopy, including one patient who had colon cancer. Fortunately, the cancer was in its early stages," she said. "Anything we can do to help support people, to make it easier for them, is useful," said Eliot Nierman, MD, physician in the Department of Medicine... Read More

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