Cancer society, hospitals launch colonoscopy initiative

The American Cancer Society and Illinois hospitals have launched a colorectal cancer screening initiative to provide free colonoscopies for some 9,000 people who are underinsured or uninsured. University of Chicago gastroenterologist Dr. Karen Kim worked to develop the program and said a screening rate of 60% of the eligible population was “just unacceptable.” Participating hospitals have agreed to pay for treating any patients diagnosed with polyps or cancer from the colonoscopy. Chicago Tribune (free registration) (8/22)