‘Go Blue’ to raise awareness of disease

The Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties urge everyone to “Go Blue” this March to help raise awareness about colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers. It is estimated one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime. More than 10,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year in New York state, and approximately 3,500 men and women die from the disease annually. However, a large number of New Yorkers are still not aware of their risk and many are not being screened at recommended intervals.

Although this disease can occur at any age, most people who develop colorectal cancer are older than 50. All men and women ages 50 and older should get screened for colorectal cancer. In addition, people with a personal or family history of colon polyps/colon cancer should get screened as well.

Colorectal cancer screening is a preventive health service and an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, so health insurance plans must cover colorectal cancer screening with no patient cost sharing, copayment or coinsurance, even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible yet.

So Go Blue on National Dress in Blue Day, on Friday, and help promote colorectal cancer awareness month. The Cancer Services Program provides free mammogram and pap tests to women 40 and older and colon cancer screening kits for men and women 50 and older who are uninsured.

For more information, call your local CSP in Fulton, Montgomery or Schenectady Counties at 841-3726.

SUSAN WHITE

Fort Plain