Colorectal cancer awareness planned

The New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Programs will promote Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this month to raise awareness about colorectal cancer screening.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in New York state, but with regular screening, it is preventable and treatable, according to a news release.

The five-year survival rate for early stage colorectal cancer is higher than 90 percent, but when colon cancer is detected at a late stage, the rate drops to 5 percent, the news release said.

This month, the Department of Health Cancer Services Program will work with partners across the state to raise awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening for men and women ages 50 and older, according to the news release.

A Go Blue activity will take place Monday at the YMCA in Hagaman. Fitness classes will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m., the news release said.

For more information, contact the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties at 841-3726.