It just got easier scheduling a colon cancer screening around work and life
Norton Healthcare is taking steps to address a big barrier that keeps many people from getting a colonoscopy. Starting May 19, 2018, Norton Healthcare launched Saturday hours for colonoscopy appointments. Screening colonoscopies are offered on one Saturday of each month.
A recent report from the American Cancer Society identifies taking time off from work as a common reason why many individuals do not get a colonoscopy. People reported they are generally aware it’s important to get screened for colon cancer, and they know catching it early increases survival rates. Yet, for many, taking time off on a weekday is difficult. This is especially true for those who earn hourly wages, when time off from work often means lost pay.
Add to this another challenge: Someone needs to drive you home from a colonoscopy. Therefore, that person may face the same scheduling issues.
According to Jessica Wilkett, manager of practice operations for Norton Cancer Institute, offering Saturday colonoscopies on a regular schedule is new for Greater Louisville.
“While some weekend colonoscopies have been offered for emergencies, we are the first system in our area to offer consistent routine weekend scheduling as an option to make testing more convenient for patients,” she said.
Saturday colonoscopies will be done at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, 4001 Dutchmans Lane in St. Matthews. Additional location options will be added in the future.