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New isle institute aims to reduce Hawaii deaths from colon cancer

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:59 a.m. HST, Oct 21, 2012

The principals of the Endoscopy Institute of Hawaii say they are hopeful that Honolulu’s newest and largest ambulatory surgical center dedicated to digestive track care will reduce the current backlog in colon cancer screenings.

The Institute, located in the Hale Pawaa building on South Beretania and Keeaumoku Streets, officially opened Saturday with a ceremony that included keynote speeches by U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and former Gov. George Ariyoshi.

A collaborative venture between SKAI Ventures and eight general surgeons and gastroenterologists, the institute offers pre-procedural evaluations and patient self-referral to screening exams.

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. According to the institute, one out of every 10 cancer-related deaths in Hawaii is due to colon cancer.

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