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Covenant Health to Offer Free Colonoscopy Screening Clinic

(LUBBOCK) – If you are over the age of 50 or have a family history of colon cancer, you may be in need of a colonoscopy. Covenant Health is offering free colonoscopy screenings to those who qualify. The free screening is part of the Colon Cancer Awareness Program and is sponsored in part by Covenant Health.

The clinic will be held Saturday, April 26 at the Covenant Endoscopy Center. Participating physicians are Dr. Houssam Al Kharrat, Dr. Subhash Batra, Dr. Steven Block, Dr. Elias Ghandour and Dr. William Shaver.

A colonoscopy is a test that looks into the inner lining of one's large intestine using a flexible tube called a colonoscope. A small video camera is attached to the end of the colonoscope allowing the doctor to take pictures or video of the colon. This procedure can detect ulcers, tumors, areas of inflammation or bleeding and polyps- a benign mole that if left alone can turn into cancer.

All materials, including anesthesia and colon prep kits, will be provided to the patients who qualify for the free colonoscopy. Qualifying patients are 50 years of age or older, have a family history of colon cancer or polyps and meet financial criteria.

For more information regarding the colonoscopy clinic or to see if you may qualify, please call 806.725.7448 or 806.725.0360 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.