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NEEDY PATIENTS OFFERED FREE COLON CANCER SCOPE

Those who are uninsured usually can find basic medical services, but specialty care is often beyond their means.

With that in mind, Gastroenterology Associates in Amherst has agreed to perform colonoscopies, a procedure to detect colon cancer, on four uninsured patients a month from two urban medical practices.

The exam normally costs around $1,500.

The group will take two patients who lack health insurance each month from the Jericho Road Family Practice sites operated by Dr. Myron Glick and the Good Neighbors Health Center, where Dr. David Holmes works. The group will provide the cancer-detecting exam as well as any follow-up care, said Dr. Christopher Bartolone, medical director of the Endoscopic Center of WNY.

"When we opened the center last year, we decided that we wanted to do some sort of outreach to the community," he said.