SOURCE: Iowa Endoscopy Center

Iowa Endoscopy Center

March 03, 2011 11:01 ET

The Iowa Endoscopy Center Promotes Colon Cancer Screening Awareness by Participating in "Scope It Out" Free Colon Screening Day in Central Iowa

CLIVE, IA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - On Saturday, March 26th, the Iowa Endoscopy Center in collaboration with the John Stoddard Cancer Center and other area clinics and physicians will be offering their Center's staff and services to uninsured patients in Central Iowa by offering free screening colonoscopies.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and colon cancer is the second leading cause of deadly cancers in the US. Raising community awareness of this deadly disease is the passion of this group's 13 dedicated gastroenterologists, providers, and their staff.

This is the third year the physicians and staff of the Iowa Endoscopy Center will participate in the "Scope It Out" Free Colonoscopy Screening Day. Last spring three of the Center's gastroenterologists and their staff provided a free screening colonoscopy to several patients in Central Iowa. The goal this year is to screen 12 patients at the Iowa Endoscopy Center at 1378 NW 124th St. in Clive and several more at Iowa Lutheran Hospital. The Iowa Endoscopy Center is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified by Medicare. In 2010 this facility became the first endoscopy center in Iowa to be recognized for quality and safety by the American Society Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, a leading gastrointestinal medical society.

This free screening colonoscopy is available to those who do not have health insurance for various reasons and have not had a screening exam. One patient screened during a past event had pre-cancerous polyps removed. His physician, Dr. Stacey Roberts, who is one of ten board certified gastroenterologists at the Iowa Endoscopy Center, said, "We not only can diagnose colon polyps during a screening colonoscopy, we can also remove the threat of cancer by removing them during the procedure. So, it is extremely important that everyone over the age of 50 be screened for colon cancer. This patient was very fortunate to have participated in this important event."

To participate in this screening you must meet certain criteria and register before March 17th. If you or someone you know may qualify for this life saving screening exam, please call:

515 241-3343

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Mary Syversen
    Clinical Manager

    1378 NW 124th St. , Suite 100
    Clive, IA 50325-8151
    Phone: 515 288-3342
    FAX: 515 288-4457