NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 14, 2013) -  In an effort to improve patient care for uninsured New Yorkers, Manhattan Endoscopy Center LLC (MEC), Manhattan's most advanced and largest endoscopy center, has announced their commitment to advocating for timely colon cancer screening through their partnership with Settlement Health and The Bowery Mission. Throughout the month of March, national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, MEC physicians will expand their charitable programs to make more free colonoscopy screenings available to those in need.

The commitment to providing access to screening services to those in need resonates strongly with MEC's physicians. The physicians from MEC have worked together to bring these critical screening services to New York's uninsured population. "Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and one of the most treatable types of cancer if caught early, so the importance of screening, especially if you are over 50 or have a family history, is critical to saving lives," said Dr. Carl McDougall, physician leader in MEC's partnership with Settlement Health. "Our team is passionate about bringing critical screening services to those in need and educating the public about the importance of screening and early detection."

As part of their charitable program, the team of physicians at MEC offers colon cancer screening services to uninsured members of the community. In an effort to bring heightened awareness and more critical screening services to the community, the program will be expanded to include additional cancer screening throughout the month of March.

About Manhattan Endoscopy Center
Manhattan Endoscopy is New York's newest endoscopy center. Bringing together 20 of Manhattan's most established and respected physicians, the center aims to make each patient's procedure as efficient and pleasant as possible. Located on 44th street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, the site is easily accessible to New York City and tri-state area patients. The state-of-the-art facility has been designed to maintain the personal attention of an office based procedure while ensuring hospital level safety standards. For more information please visit

About Settlement Health
Settlement Health has provided high-quality, comprehensive primary health care services to East Harlem since 1977. Settlement Health seeks to provide East Harlem/El Barrio with high quality, comprehensive, accessible and culturally sensitive preventive and primary care services, and to coordinate the other levels of health care that are necessary.

About The Bowery Mission
The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. This year, donors and volunteers helped The Bowery Mission provide more than 369,200 meals, 30,500 bags of groceries, 79,300 nights of shelter, as well as 511 professional doctor's appointments and 92 eye examinations at our in-house clinic. Three programs house 180 men and women who are regaining sobriety, reconnecting with family and faith, pursuing educational goals, and preparing for work and independent living.

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