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

Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Temple Health Tackles Disparities and Promotes Alternative Methods

Temple Health is taking steps to improve access to colon cancer screening options and address disparities in health outcomes among marginalized individuals. Despite recent advancements in screening techniques, many eligible adults do not undergo routine colonoscopies, which can lead to late detection of the disease. Dr. Abraham Ifrah, an internal medicine resident at Temple, emphasizes the importance of reaching out to these individuals and promoting alternative screening methods.

One such method is take-home fecal immunochemical tests (FIT), which can be completed at home and sent to a laboratory for analysis. These tests are considered an effective alternative to colonoscopies for those who may face challenges in completing the procedure due to factors such as lack of transportation, health insurance, or paid time off. By promoting these alternative methods 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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