Hospital offers cancer tests for the uninsured

June 8, 2012
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Faulkner Hospital recently launched the Colorectal Health Care Access Program for local, uninsured men and women.

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum and is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States that affect both men and women.

Patients accepted into the program at the 1153 Centre St. hospital will receive most screening, treatment and follow-up care at no cost. To qualify for this new program you must: be uninsured;; never have had a colonoscopy before; be over the age of 50 or over the age of 40 with a family history of colorectal cancer (mother, father, sibling); live in Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Hyde Park or West Roxbury.

“Screening can find precancerous growths so they can be removed before they turn into cancer,” said Dr. Daniel Matloff of Gastroenterology Associates at Faulkner in a press statement.“Screening also finds colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.”

“The Colorectal Health Care Access Program benefits individuals who can’t afford to get screened for colorectal cancer,” said Tracy Sylven, director of community health and benefits at Faulkner, in a press statement.

Program partners include: Gastroenterology Associates at Faulkner, Anesthesia Associates of Massachusetts, Braintree Laboratories, BW/F Radiology Associates, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Pathology/Faulkner Division, Faulkner Hospital’s Department of Radiology, Faulkner Hospital’s Department of Surgery, and Sullivan’s Pharmacy in Roslindale.

For more information on Faulkner Hospital’s Colorectal Health Care Access Program or to make an appointment, call 617-983-7451.

Faulkner Hospital is a 150-bed, nonprofit, community teaching hospital. Founded in 1900, Faulkner Hospital offers comprehensive medical, surgical and psychiatric care, as well as complete emergency, ambulatory and diagnostic services. For more information, see faulknerhospital.org.

From press materials.