Colon Cancer Awareness Campaign

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Why should I get screened for colon cancer?

  • Colon cancer (or colorectal cancer) is the second leading cancer killer.
  • Preventing or finding cancer early can save your life!
  • Screening is important BEFORE symptoms occur because colon cancers and polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) often do not cause symptoms.

When should I get screened?

  • Men and women should start screening for colon cancer at age 50.
  • People at high risk for colon cancer should begin screening with colonoscopy at age 40 or earlier. Talk to your doctor about screening at a younger age.

Which screening test should I get?

  • The NYC Health Department recommends:
    • Colonoscopy every 10 years for men and women 50 years and older.
      • Colonoscopy takes about 30 minutes. During the colonoscopy, a doctor looks inside the colon and rectum using a thin, bendable tube that has a small camera on the end. Most polyps that are found can be removed right away.
    • Blood stool tests every year for those who are unable to or choose not to have a colonoscopy.

Why should I get a colonoscopy?

  • Although there are other screening tests, a colonoscopy allows your doctor to see the entire colon and prevent cancer by removing potentially cancerous polyps.

Where can I get a colonoscopy?

  • If you have health insurance: your insurance company may have a list of doctors or specialists you can call.
  • If you do not have health insurance: Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) hospitals offer colonoscopies and other colon cancer screening tests at little or no cost. Please call and speak to one of our bi-lingual financial counselors to see if you qualify for financial assistance.

What should I do right now?

  • If you are 50 or older, get a colonoscopy. It could save your life.
  • If you’re younger than 50 but at high risk for colon cancer (for example, because of family history of colon polyps or colon cancer), talk to your doctor about getting screened.
  • If you’ve already had a colonoscopy, help a loved one make a colonoscopy appointment.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month: NY1 Joins Forces with C5

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Throughout March, Time Warner Cable News NY1 is teaming up with C5 to promote colon cancer screening and prevention. Last year, NY1 news anchor Roma Torre underwent a routine screening colonoscopy and was diagnosed with colon cancer. Now cancer-free, Roma is joining with NY1 this month to promote C5’s Colon Cancer Awareness campaign.

For more information on their efforts and to learn more about Roma Torre’s personal experience with colon cancer diagnosis, surgery, and recovery, please visit their Colon Cancer Awareness webpage.

View the fantastic NY1 public service announcements promoting colon cancer screening:

  • Featuring NY1 anchor Roma Torre, click here
  • Featuring NY1 Noticias anchor Adhemar Montagne, click here

Thank you to Roma Torre, Adhemar Montagne, and NY1 for your support!