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Botsford Cancer Screening Day Saves Lives with Early Detection

Farmington Hills, Mich. (October 12, 2010)---Botsford Hospital physicians performed 267 free cancer screenings at the first annual Cancer Screening and Education Day at the Botsford Cancer Center on October 2. Those who attended had the opportunity to be screened for prostate, colorectal, skin, breast and head & neck cancers; many were screened for multiple cancers. 
Abnormal results that require follow-up appointments with a physician were found in 88 participants. All participants with abnormal results were told their results immediately or will receive letters and phone calls to discuss options and to assist with scheduling appointments. 
James Fontanesi, M.D., Botsford Hospital’s Chair of Radiation Oncology, says, “The high number of abnormal findings makes perfect sense, especially with the tough economic times that are happening in southeast Michigan. Many patients have a reduction in their insurance coverage, or have lost their coverage completely, and cannot afford routine medical care.” 
He continued, “We were just delighted that we were able to help so many people and potentially find tumors that otherwise may not have been discovered until a later stage, which gives these individuals an opportunity to be cured.” 
One patient’s appreciation resulted in an e-mail to Botsford leadership. Steve Jeffers from Westland said, “Like numerous families across Michigan who have lost their insurance and had some concerns about cancer at our age of 60, this event was a godsend. Over the last few weeks, I had expressed concerns to my wife about my prostate and her needing a mammogram. This screening day was perfect timing and we appreciated the opportunity to participate. At the program, I could tell there were others that were in similar circumstances and benefited from this as much as we did.” 
PHOTO CAPTION: Mariam Breed of Ann Arbor receives a skin screening from Dr. Angela McKinney.

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