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CoxHealth Fund Provides Colonoscopies For Those Who Can't Afford Them

The CoxHealth Foundation Colorectal Cancer Prevention Fund started about two years ago when physicians at Cox became concerned about an increase in the number of people being diagnosed with colon cancer.  Lisa Alexander is president of the foundation…


According to Alexander, the physicians were concerned people weren’t taking advantage of the prevention procedure because they couldn’t afford it.

The fund provides money for people to get a colonoscopy.  It currently contains just over $40,000—the average colonoscopy is around $1800.  So far this year the fund has helped 17 people.

Alexander says it’s important to continually raise money to keep the fund going.  That’s why CoxHealth is hosting a 5K Run/Walk October 20th…


The event will start October 20th at 8 am at CoxHealth Meyer Center on S. National.  The cost is $20, but there is a family rate.  To register, coxhealthfoundation.com.

Anyone who would like to apply for money for a colonoscopy can do so at coxhealthfoundation.com—click on “patient assistance.”

For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.