Colon cancer screening gets boost in Augusta, Albany from new grant

Progress in getting more people at risk screened for colon cancer have not been as good in the Augusta and Albany areas but those efforts are about to get a boost from a big grant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a five-year grant at $795,560 a year to Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University, the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education and three Albany area providers to do screening and education. The grant will fund 15,000 colonoscopies as well as other screening tests. The grant is targeting those between ages 50-75, who are at increased risk for colon cancer, who earn less than the Federal Poverty Level and are ineligible for other coverage such as Medicaid or Medicare.

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