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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer (colon cancer) is the second leading cause of cancer death in New York state. Each year, more than 9,000 New Yorkers get colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die as a result, but it doesn’t have to be this way. With regular screenings, colorectal cancer could be prevented and is highly treatable if found early.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and I urge everyone age 50 and older to get screened for colorectal cancer. There are plenty of options to fit your lifestyle which include colonoscopy, in-office and at home testing kits. In New York, most health insurance plans are required to cover the screening. If you’re uninsured, the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady Counties (FMS CSP) may provide free screening to men and women ages 50 and older.

This program also screens for breast and cervical cancer in uninsured women and helps people get treatment if they are diagnosed with any of these cancers.

If you’re insured, talk to your doctor about getting screened. If you’re uninsured call us at (518) 770-6816.

Don’t wait — get screened.

LESLEY MONTENARO

Health education promotion coordinator

Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady Counties

Amsterdam

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