Aims to provide more life-saving colorectal cancer screenings to eligible Baltimore residents
Baltimore—(February 15, 2017)— The MedStar Health Cancer Network (MHCN) is spotlighting colon cancer awareness month by encouraging eligible residents to get a no cost colorectal screening through its ongoing partnership with the Maryland Colorectal Cancer Control Program at one of its three Baltimore city hospitals. Last year, MHCN performed more colonoscopies than any other program participant in the state, working to continue the descending mortality trend of the nation’s second deadliest cancer.
With funding from the Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program (CPEST), Baltimore residents aged 50 and older who are uninsured, underinsured and have limited income, may qualify for a no cost colonoscopy and treatment, if needed. Screenings are available at MedStar Harbor, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals.
A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that enables a physician to find and remove polyps from the colon, before they turn into cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately nine out of every 10 people whose colorectal cancers are found early and treated appropriately are still alive five years later.
Early detection has made a significant impact on the increased survival rates of Americans, and though preventable, data shows colorectal cancer remains a leading cancer killer among men and women.
“We’ve known for some time now that early detection is the key factor to all cancer treatments and we cannot stress how crucial regular screenings are in detecting colon cancer, which largely affects both men and women,” said Michael Sickler, program manager of the Colon Cancer Screening Program at MedStar Health. “We are committed to getting our community the information they need and connecting them with resources that could save their lives.”
The screening program will partner with the Susie’s Cause Health Festival at Mondawmin Mall Saturday, March 4, 2017
To learn more about the program or to find out if you are eligible for a free screening click here or call 410-350-8216.
About the MedStar Health Cancer Network
Comprised of four MedStar Health hospitals, the MedStar Health Cancer Network represents a true collaboration in cancer care. Our dedicated team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses and cancer support staff collaborate to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Baltimore region. Our goal is to provide evidenced based quality, care with a focus on service and easy access.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.