Local Partners go BLUE to fight colorectal cancer
Cancer Services Program of St. Lawrence County (CSP) is teaming up with the Heuvelton, Ogdensburg and Potsdam Community Bank, N.A. branches, Blevins Brothers in Ogdensburg, and Lake Insurance in Heuvelton for the Main Streets Go Blue initiative in March to raise awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and early detection. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and blue is the universally-recognized color for colorectal cancer.
If you see a local business decorated in blue or their employees dressed in blue on March 4, 2016, you’ll know they support education about colorectal cancer and screening. These businesses have partnered with the CSP to provide life-saving information to the public. Our shared goal is to encourage more community members to get tested for colon cancer by spreading the message that this disease is preventable.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in New York State, but it doesn’t have to be — regular screening can prevent colorectal cancer. Screening tests can often detect the growths (polyps) that turn into cancer. These growths can then be removed before they turn into cancer. If colon cancer is found early, treatment can be very effective.
Colorectal cancer is one of the only cancers that can be detected and prevented through screening before it even starts. Colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms, especially at first, which is another reason regular screening is necessary to catch the disease in its earliest stages.
All men and women age 50 and older should get screened for colorectal cancer. Although this disease can occur at any age, most people who develop colorectal cancer are over age 50. Anyone with a personal or family history of colon polyps, colorectal cancer, or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, are at higher risk for developing colorectal cancer. These individuals should talk to their doctors about when to begin screening and how often they should be tested.
People at higher risk for colorectal cancer may need earlier or more frequent tests than other people. The important thing to remember is to talk to your doctor, decide which screening test is right for you, and complete the screening. There is more than one way to screen for colorectal cancer and screening is easier than ever. For anyone without a doctor or without insurance, the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of St. Lawrence County can help.
To learn more about screening options, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/cancer/colorectal/screening.htm