Hanover Township has recognized a Hoffman Estates doctor who provides free colonoscopies to low-income residents with the first Trisha L. Simon award.
Dr. Brian Muska is the inaugural recipient of the award, named in honor of the township's former community health director who died in 2012 after a long battle with colon cancer.
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"As the first director of the department, Trish helped to launch the Office of Community Health and raise awareness to residents about their health and wellness," township Supervisor Brian McGuire said. "We look forward to annually honoring individuals who mirror Trish's passion and hard work for township residents in the areas of community health."
Muska and Simon teamed up to provide screenings to disadvantaged township residents at high risk for colon cancer. Since 2011, the program has tested more than 60 people. The first screening on a resident showed colon cancer, and many others had precancerous polyps, officials say.
The screenings are typically held biannually, but Muska has set aside time every week for the program. For details, contact the Hanover Township Office of Community Health at (630) 483-5665.