The Importance of Early Detection

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Maricela expected to undergo a normal annual screening during our Kaiser Permanente Surgery Day in October. Therefore, she could not anticipate a doctor detecting early colon cancer during the screening. While this was a daunting diagnosis, the early detection allowed for more treatment options and the possibility of removing polyps before they turn into cancer. Thanks to this procedure, Maricela received timely, life-saving news and is now receiving treatment after we referred her to a clinic. If it wasn’t for AccessOC and Kaiser Permanente, patients like Maricela wouldn’t receive the care coordination and screening needed to access high-quality specialty care and lead healthier lives.