As part of its education and prevention efforts for Colon Cancer Awareness Month this March, Arizona Digestive Health is joining with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Arizona Chapter of Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) , and Mountain Park Health Center to provide free colon cancer screenings to low-income, under-insured or uninsured members of the community.
Starting Wednesday March 28, Arizona Digestive Health physicians and staff, in collaboration with the other three collaborative partners, will perform as many as 50 colonoscopies in three days through the CDC’s Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP).
Mountain Park Health Center will identify participating patients who have no coverage for colorectal cancer screening or are unable to pay. Interested individuals who wish to participate in this pilot program can call Raquel Acosta, Cancer Program Manager at (602) 323-3380.
The Arizona Chapter of the Colon Cancer Alliance will provide funding for colonoscopy preparation materials for the participating patients as well as provide funds to cover fuel expenses for those traveling to the event. The CCA is a national patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. In order to increase rates of screening and survivorship, CCA provides patient support, education, research and advocacy across North America.
Using funds received from the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Undy5000, ADHS, through contracted partners, will purchase Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Program coverage for any patients that may be diagnosed with colorectal cancer during this event. For the uninsured unable to access this event, ADHS has the Fit at Fifty Health Check Program providing colorectal cancer screening for uninsured Arizonans. This program is Arizona’s component of the Colorectal Cancer Control Program and is funded by the CDC. Interested individuals can call (602) 323-3377 for more information.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but is preventable when caught early. According to recent studies, colonoscopy alone can reduce a patient’s risk of dying from colon cancer by more than 50 percent. “One of our main priorities as gastroenterologists is the prevention of colon cancer, and this program is a valuable part of that effort, said Dr. Paul Berggreen, president of Arizona Digestive Health.“We are happy to donate our services and resources to ensure this effort is a success now and in future years.”
Beginning in 2009, the Colorectal Cancer Control Program works to increase colon cancer screening rates among men and women age 50 to 64. Through non-profit organizations, corporate sponsorship and volunteers, many of the CRCCP’s initiatives are at no cost to the patient. More information about CRCCP is available online at, www.cdc.gov/cancer/crccp/.
Colon cancer, while preventable when caught early, is still the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month this March, Arizona Digestive Health invites you to take the time to understand your risk factors for colon cancer and, if appropriate, schedule a colonoscopy screening.
Colon Cancer initially forms as a small polyp growing on the wall of the large intestine, which after years of growth could develop into cancer. There are many types of polyps and not all will become cancerous, but with regular colonoscopies you and your gastroenterologist will be able to prevent and remove polyps before they become cancerous. Colonoscopy screenings are recommended for individuals aged 50 and over, or younger if you have symptoms or family history of colon cancer.
Healthy, age-appropriate individuals may also be interested in our Open Access Colonoscopy program available at some locations. This program allows qualifying patients to schedule a colonoscopy procedure, usually without the need for a pre-procedure visit. Please see our website for more information about the Open Access Colonoscopy program.
PHOENIX (January 17, 2012) – One of the largest gastroenterology and hepatology groups in the U.S., Arizona Digestive Health, is expanding its ability to provide exceptional care for patients across Maricopa county with the addition of four board certified physicians to the staff, as well as two new offices and an endoscopy center in the North Valley.
With nearly 100 years of gastroenterology experience between them, Stephen Glouberman, MD; John Wells, MD; Mark Gulinson, MD; and Ronald Hauptman, MD are experts in gastrointestinal procedures ranging from cancer screening and colonoscopy, to the more complex endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography or ERCP, used to examine the bile ducts and gallbladder.
Conveniently located near John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital, the two new North Valley locations are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The North Mountain office, 9250 N. 3rd Street, Suite 2015, Phoenix, AZ 85020, and the North Phoenix office, 3815 E. Bell Road, Suite 1250, Phoenix, AZ 85032, are joined by North Valley Endoscopy Center at 15255 N. 40th Street, Suite 157, Phoenix, AZ 85032.
“We are very pleased to welcome these skilled physicians to our group,” said Dr. Paul Berggreen, president of Arizona Digestive Health. “Arizona Digestive Health strives to provide the highest-quality care for our patients and with the addition of these physicians and locations we are able to service even more of the Valley.”
For more information about Arizona Digestive Health locations and physicians, please visit www.arizonadigestivehealth.com.
About Arizona Digestive Health:
Founded in 2007, Arizona Digestive Health consists of 58 board certified physicians practicing at 26 locations throughout Maricopa County. Our staff is committed to providing an outstanding level of care through thoughtful and comprehensive consultations, and the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures available. We work closely with other physicians and specialists, our board certified pathologists and state-of-the-art anatomic pathology laboratory, and 11 affiliated endoscopy centers across the Valley to provide accurate and convenient medical services for our patients in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology.