March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Get checked!
Early detection is perhaps the most important weapon in the war against cancer. March is “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month,” a time when the Cancer Services Program and Schenectady County Public Health Services remind us that regular screenings are especially important for the early detection of colorectal cancer.
Please join the Cancer Services Program and their community partners for a free “Fit at 50” celebration open to men and women of all ages. The event will be held on March 2 at the YWCA in Schenectady from 2 to 5 p.m. and will feature important health information, music, refreshments, and giveaways.
Colorectal cancer — cancer that begins in the colon or rectum — has been gaining an increasing amount of national attention. However, a large number of New Yorkers are still not aware of their risk and many are not being screened at recommended intervals. Screening helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more successful.
The Cancer Services Program recommends that all men and women ages 50 and older talk to their health care provider about being screened for colorectal cancer. People with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) or those with other high-risk conditions may need to begin regular screening at an earlier age. Speak with your doctor about when you should begin screening and how often you should be tested.
For more information on colorectal cancer, contact the Cancer Services Program of Schenectady County at 347-5760. We hope to see you on March 2!
The writer is executive director of the Schenectady Free Health Clinic.