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      Local medical center receives $50,000 grant

      The American Cancer Society announced on Thursday that a $50,000 grant has been awarded to Albany Area Primary Health Care Inc. to provide cancer awareness, education, and colorectal screening for to individuals in Dooly and Dougherty Counties. / Rheya Spigner


      The American Cancer Society announced on Thursday that a $50,000 grant has been awarded to Albany Area Primary Health Care Inc. to provide cancer awareness, education, and colorectal screening for to individuals in Dooly and Dougherty Counties.

      Colorectal screening is used to detect early stages of colon cancer. Persons over the age of 50 will be eligible to take fit testing.

      CEO of the Albany Area Primary Health Care Inc, Tary Brown said, "we're fortunate to receive the grant from Walgreens and the American Cancer Society for colorectal screening and follow up of patients that have a positive fit test and they reside in Dooly County which is over by Cordele and crisp regional hospital."

      The grant is part of a $6.4 million gift from the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment Program.

      The grants help promote health equity and ensure that communities with a higher burden of cancer have equal access to education and screening resources.

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