Breaking Down Barriers: Temple Health’s Quest to Improve Colon Cancer Screening Access for All

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

Temple Health is actively working to improve access to colon cancer screening options and address racial disparities in outcomes. Despite recent advancements in screening techniques, many eligible adults do not undergo preventative colonoscopies, which can lead to late-stage detection of the disease.

Dr. Abraham Ifrah, an internal medicine resident at Temple, 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, but they can be challenging for some individuals due to factors such as lack of transportation or health insurance.

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

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