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The network estimates it will be able to provide free colonoscopies for 800 people this year, compared with 550 in the 2008-2013 period. The effort has expanded from two counties to 28. Most patients are referred from free clinics or federally qualified health centers to gastroenterologists who have volunteered to perform a certain number of the free exams each year. (Their practices are paid the Medicaid rate for the procedure, but the physicians waive their separate fee.) Despite the procedures being free, many candidates still balked at the opportunity. When you give away something, its not appreciated, Seabrook said. Thats why navigators such as Caldwell are important. She not only explained the procedures importance to Hemingway, she also sat down with him and watched a video on the subject. She thoroughly detailed the preparation process. She reminded him what needed to be done each step along the way. If we get them in the front door, they get it, Caldwell said. We try to make it a personal experience, not just wham, bam, youre done. Based on general population statistics, the 800 exams this year will save two or three lives and about $500,000 in medical costs, Berger said. And those savings will be multiplied if more patients follow the lead of Hemingway.

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Sign Up for MedicineNet Newsletters! MONDAY, Oct. 28 (HealthDay News) — Men who are more sedentary face a higher risk of recurring colon polyps , according to a new study, even if these men break up their downtime with bouts of recreational activities such as walking , jogging or golf. This suggests that extended inactivity is itself a risk factor for noncancerous colon polyps, benign tumors that can give rise to colorectal cancer , the researchers said. Known as “colorectal adenomas,” these polyps typically can be removed after being identified during a colorectal cancer screening, such as a colonoscopy . The recurrence of such polyps, however, seems to be greater among men (but not women) who are relatively less active. The researchers looked at activity levels among more than 1,700 men and women, and found that the more leisurely the men’s lifestyle, the greater their risk for precancerous polyps. Men who spent 11 or more hours a day in seated endeavors — such as writing or reading — were 45 percent more likely to develop polyps than those who spent less than seven hours a day engaged in sedentary behavior. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Cancer Institute, was schedule for presentation this week at the annual cancer-prevention conference of the American Association for Cancer Research, held in Oxon Hill, Md. “Sedentary behavior is emerging as a risk factor for poor health,” study author Christine Sardo Molmenti, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, said in a conference news release. “Even among those who fulfill daily recommendations for physical activity, lengthy periods of sedentary behavior have been associated with early morbidity and mortality, leading to the ‘active couch potato’ paradigm,” Sardo Molmenti said. Because this study is being presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. Although the study found an association between sedentary behavior and increased risk of colon polyps in men, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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