BELFAST — March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and, to stress its commitment to early detection, Waldo County General Hospital is offering a limited number of free colonoscopies to qualified patients.
The colonoscopies will be scheduled for Friday, March 13. To be eligible, you must be a Waldo County resident age 50 or older who has no insurance or has insurance with a deductible of $5,000 or more.
Colon cancer affects both men and women and is the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States, according to WCGH, in a news release. Early detection through screening can dramatically reduce your risk. This means having your colon checked regularly starting at age 45, according to the American Cancer Society.
To learn if there are appointments still available and to book yours, call CarePartners at 505-4532.
Waldo County General Hospital is part of MaineHealth, a nonprofit integrated health system consisting of eight local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and more than 1,600 employed and independent physicians working together through an Accountable Care Organization.
With more than 19,000 employees, MaineHealth is the largest health system in northern New England and provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire.
For more information, visit wcgh.org.