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Allegheny Health Network to Offer Saturday Colonoscopy Appointments in March

Thursday, February 21, 2019

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) will mark National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by offering patients colonoscopy appointments on Saturdays at select outpatient locations, making it more convenient for patients to undergo screening for colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 100,000 new cases of colon cancer in the U.S. in 2019.

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.

  • McCandless Endoscopy Center on McKnight Road (March 2, 23, 30)
  • AHN Outpatient Care in Greensburg (March 2)
  • Monroeville Surgery Center (March 2)
  • Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion (March 9)

A colonoscopy is a test that allows doctors to examine the inside of the colon where tumors or small growths known as polyps can occur. By finding polyps and removing them, colon cancer can be prevented. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and The American College of Gastroenterology recommend that colorectal cancer screening begin at age 50.

“Even if colorectal cancer is detected, it is highly treatable and/or curable if found early enough," said Katie Farah, MD, Director of the McCandless Endoscopy Center and Quality Officer of Gastroenterology at AHN. “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer Saturday screenings, particularly for the many patients who are limited by work and life schedules during the week.”

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.