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Allegheny Health Network to Offer Saturday Colon Cancer Screenings this Fall

Thursday, October 11, 2018

PITTSBURGH – Making it more convenient for patients to undergo regular screening for colon cancer, Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) are offering colonoscopies on Saturdays this fall at a number of locations across southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Saturday screenings will be conducted from 7:30 - 11 a.m. by highly specialized AHN physicians at the following locations. Patients should call 412.515.2723 to make an appointment. Space is limited.

Oct. 13

  • Bethel Park Health + Wellness Pavilion
  • North Shore Endoscopy Center in Pittsburgh
  • McCandless Endoscopy Center in Ross Township

Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, and Dec. 1

  • McCandless Endoscopy Center

Nov. 3

  • Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion

Nov. 10

  • AHN Outpatient Center—Westmoreland in Hempfield Township

Nov. 17

  • Monroeville Surgery Center
  • Peters Township Surgery Center in McMurray

Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the second-leading cause of death from cancer for both men and women. Katie Farah, MD, Director of the McCandless Endoscopy Center and Quality Officer of Gastroenterology at AHN, says that many more lives could be saved with testing.

“Many colorectal cancers can be prevented through regular screenings. Quite often, screenings find precancerous polyps that are removed before they become cancerous. Also, when colorectal cancer is found early, it is highly treatable. The benefits of early screening, detection, and treatment can be lifesaving," said Dr. Farah.

Dr. Farah and her colleagues were recently recognized by the American College of Gastroenterology for their efforts in providing the community the option to receive colonoscopies on Saturdays. The group received a SCOPY (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) for ‘Best Community Service Delivery and Comprehensive Community Education Initiative by a Health System.’ 

Most health insurance plans will cover the cost of the screening, however patients should check with their provider for specific coverage information. Upon scheduling, patients will receive instructions regarding how to prepare for their screening.