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Allegheny Health Network to Hold Colon Cancer Screening Events on Two Saturdays in March

Thursday, March 8, 2018

PITTSBURGH – As part of colon cancer awareness month, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) clinicians will offer colorectal cancer screenings on Saturday, March 10 and Saturday, March 24, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at six AHN locations across Western Pennsylvania, including:

McCandless Endoscopy Center
9335 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh

Monroeville Surgery Center
4121 Monroeville Boulevard, Monroeville

North Shore Endoscopy Center
1307 Federal Street, Pittsburgh

Saint Vincent Endoscopy Center
2501 W 12th Street, Erie

Westmoreland Outpatient Care Center
118 Nature Park Road, Greensburg

Wexford Health & Wellness Pavilion
12311 Perry Highway, Wexford

Appointments are required. To make an appointment, patients should call 412.515.2723. Most health insurance plans will cover the cost of the screening, however patients should check with their provider for specific coverage information. When scheduling, patients will receive instructions to prepare for their screening.  

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US, and is expected to cause more than 50,000 deaths this year. 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.