Breaking Barriers: Temple Health Tackles Colorectal Cancer Disparities with Alternative Screening Options

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

Temple Health is focusing on increasing access to screening options and addressing racial disparities in outcomes for colorectal cancer. Despite 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 may face barriers in accessing life-saving screenings. Colonoscopies are considered the most effective screening method for colorectal cancer, but they involve drinking a laxative solution and being performed under anesthesia, which can be challenging for some individuals.

To address these challenges, Temple Health is promoting alternative screening methods such as take-home fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) for those who may not be able to complete colonoscopies due to factors such as lack of transportation or health insurance. By promoting these alternatives and addressing barriers to access, Temple Health aims to increase early detection and improve outcomes for individuals at risk of colorectal cancer. In addition to this effort, Temple Health is also working to raise awareness about the importance of routine screening among eligible adults at age 45.

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