Overcoming Barriers: Temple Health Expands Access to Colorectal Cancer Screenings in Philadelphia and Delaware

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

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Temple Health is taking steps to improve access to colorectal cancer screenings for individuals in the Philadelphia and Delaware area, despite recent advancements in screening techniques that have decreased new cases among older adults. 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.

One such barrier is lack of transportation, which can make it difficult for individuals to travel to a healthcare facility for a colonoscopy. To address this issue, Temple Health is promoting alternative screening options such as take-home fecal immunochemical tests (FIT). These tests are considered just as effective as colonoscopies in detecting polyps and tumors at all stages of colorectal cancer development.

Another obstacle to preventative care is lack of health insurance or paid time off from work. Temple Health is working to address these barriers by raising awareness about alternative screening methods and providing resources to help individuals access the care they need. By doing so, Temple Health hopes to increase early detection and improve outcomes for individuals at risk of colorectal cancer.

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