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Thursday, December 06, 2018 - Give the gift of good health this holiday season, Roper St. Francis Healthcare offering special colonoscopy screenings the next two Saturdays!

Roper St. Francis Healthcare has a holiday gift idea that could end up saving your life.

The tri-county area’s largest healthcare system for adults is offering convenient colon screenings this Saturday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15.

A Saturday colonoscopy means less time out of work for those with a Monday-to-Friday schedule. The preparation for a colonoscopy doesn’t begin until 4 p.m. on Friday.

“Proactive healthcare should not be restricted to weekdays and Roper St. Francis Healthcare is bringing healthcare access to people at a time that’s best for them,” said Dr. Megan Baker, a Roper St. Francis surgeon and physician leader. “It is vital we provide top-notch services where people live and during times that cause the least disruption in their lives.”

Roper St. Francis will analyze patient demand for the Saturdays in December to consider offering more weekend opportunities in 2019.

The special Saturday appointments come after numerous patient requests following successful community-based events during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Saturday screenings for breast cancer have become so popular they are filled up for the next two Saturdays.

SATURDAY COLON SCREENINGS

When: Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Roper Hospital, 316 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston

Who: Colonoscopies are recommended for anyone age 45 or older as well as those who have risk factors for colon cancers, including family history or diverticulitis.

To schedule a convenient Saturday exam: Please call (843) 402-2273.

Additional info: For patients wanting a colon exam this Saturday, they would need to have a phone screening including preparation instructions that include drinking only clear liquids beginning mid-Friday.

Fast facts: Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the country. The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 140,000 people will be diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer and 50,000 will die from the diseases this year.

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