UHRU launches Georgia Colon Cancer Prevention Project at EGHC

by | April 25, 2018 2:48 pm

   On Thursday, April 19, Unified Healthcare for the Rural and Underserved (UHRU), a 501(c)3 recognized nonprofit organization based in Athens, kicked off the Georgia Colon Cancer Prevention Project at the East Georgia Health Care Center (EGHC) in Swainsboro. Dr. Minesh Mehta, a gastroenterologist and board member of UHRU, gave an educational lecture emphasizing the importance of colorectal cancer screening and devised an evidence-based strategy to increase screening and save lives at EGHC and its affiliated clinics. The organization also provided EGHC with a $1,000 grant in support of colon cancer screening.

   More than 25 providers and staff members at EGHC and affiliated clinics attended the lecture, where they learned new information about colon cancer and different ways to prevent it. The American Cancer Society was present for the educational session and supported UHRU’s mission to improve the health of rural communities in and around Swainsboro by preventing colon cancer. Dr. Mehta and the staff of EGHC, represented by Rachel Wells and Kathryn Finch, drove to affiliated clinics in Soperton and Mount Vernon to provide educational pamphlets and posters and discuss the best practices for colon cancer screening.

   Each year, there are 4,000 new cases of colorectal cancer and 1,400 colorectal cancer related deaths in the state of Georgia. Colon cancer is the second most common cause of cancer related death in the state of Georgia. If you have not been screened for colon cancer, ask your provider about the best option for you. Screening saves lives.

   Jitendra Mehta (chairman of the board) and his son, Minesh Mehta, who is a physician specializing in gastroenterology, founded UHRU, a nonprofit organization called Unified Health Care for the Rural Underserved based in Athens. For more information, visit https://www.uhru.org. UHRU is a 501(c) 3 recognized non-profit organization, and their mission is to help improve the health of rural communities throughout Georgia.

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