Saturday, September 17, 2016 was the day of free colonoscopies for the uninsured population in the Richmond community. Thank you to MEDARVA for hosting the 2016 event. MEDARVA was the first to host the 2014 event and HCB2 is honored to continue the collaboration. Thank you to Michael Pires and GI Pathology for providing pathology support. Thank you to the doctors of Colon & Rectal Specialists, Gastrointestinal Specialists Inc., and Dr. Robertson from Richmond Gastroenterology Associates, along with the nurses from Bon Secours Endoscopy. We appreciate Ferring Pharmaceuticals who provided the bowel preps once again to all the patients.
What were the results? Twenty one patients arrived fully prepped and ready for the colonoscopy procedure. 30% of the patients had polyps needing removal. The polyps were precancerous yet benign. HCB2 looks forward to collaborating with Access Now and the medical community in the future to help bring colorectal cancer education, awareness, and prevention services to the community.
Saturday, June 13th was the day of free colonoscopies for the uninsured population in the Richmond community in 2015! A special thank you goes to Kristi Seay and her entire Bon Secours Endoscopy team who spent their Saturday doing good for those in need! Thank you to the doctors of Colon & Rectal Specialists and Gastrointestinal Specialists Inc., and to Ferring Pharmaceuticals for providing the bowel preps. HCB2 is blessed to be able to partner with Richmond Community Hospital and the entire staff of Bon Secours. Thank you for hosting this life saving service in 2015!
So what were the results? Twenty one patients received the colonoscopy procedure within an 8-hour time frame. 66% of the patients had polyps needing removal and several patients had more than one polyp. “Get Behind Your Health” Day was a success as a life saving service was provided to a high risk population.
HCB2 will continue to coordinate “Get Behind Your Health” days in the future because the need for early detection services will continue to grow. Access Now is an organization which oversees the needs for specialty services among the 22 free medical clinics in the Richmond, VA area. Their patients are uninsured and at high risk for developing colorectal cancer so it’s critical HCB2 continues to partner with Access Now and the medical community to offer services and resources that can save lives.
Saturday, August 16, 2014 was our first Day of Free Colonoscopies.
In June of 2014, thanks to the host MEDARVA, HCB2 was able to collaborate with the medical community and offer the Access Now patients free colonoscopies! HCB2 worked with the Stony Point Surgery Center, Colon & Rectal Specialists, Gastrointestinal Specialists, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and Bon Secours nurses to help the uninsured population receive their routine colonoscopies.
So what were the results of the 2014 service? Surprisingly 50% of the patients had at least one or more polyps! Remember, the service offered was a ‘routine’ colonoscopy which means these patients had no symptoms and the medical team still found polyps – which means lives were saved because the patients scheduled their routine colonoscopy screening. Lab results revealed all polyps were non-cancerous; however the patients will be need to be educated and receive a colonoscopy every five years.
Hitting Cancer Below the Belt, Inc. (HCB2) purchased 240 Fecal Immunochemical Tests (also known as FIT Kits) to be distributed to uninsured patients who met screening criteria as they arrived for Free Flu Shot Day, Wednesday, October 26. The two-site event was coordinated by the Henrico Health Department.
Early detection is the best defense against colorectal cancer. The problem is many people avoid getting a colonoscopy, unless they feel it’s absolutely necessary — so early warning signs often go undetected. Unlike colonoscopies, a FIT Kit is a simple, noninvasive early-detection device that can be used in the privacy of your own home with no preparation necessary. Individuals provide a fecal sample and send it to a designated lab in a specialized, pre-paid container. If the FIT result is positive, the individual will require a colonoscopy for further evaluation.
Stephen Richard, MD, Clinical Director for Henrico Health Department believes partnering with HCB2 is an obvious way to strengthen community health. The FluFIT clinic was offered at two locations. HCB2 was in attendance at both locations to distribute screening tools to qualified patients, provide instructions on the FIT Kit, and discuss colorectal cancer prevention education. Read the press release here!