According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the United States, excluding skin cancers, with more than 100,000 people diagnosed each year. While the number may seem staggering, colorectal cancer is highly treatable when discovered early.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and to raise awareness about this type of cancer, Crouse Hospital will illuminate its clock tower in blue during the month.
In addition, Crouse is bringing together a panel of experts to discuss colon cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment options on Wednesday, March 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the hospital’s Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave.
This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested by calling 315/472-2464. Free parking is available in the Marley and Crouse Hospital garages.
Surgeons John Nicholson, MD, and David Nesbitt, MD, of ColonRectal Associates of CNY, will be joined by David Kaplan, MD, of Syracuse Gastroenterological Associates, in a discussion about colon cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment options. It’s important to know if you are at risk for colon cancer. Our experts will discuss the role lifestyle and family history can play; signs and symptoms; and screening and detection options. They will also discuss the latest treatment techniques, including minimally invasive robotics and microsurgery.
Paul Kronenberg, MD, president and CEO of Crouse states, “Crouse Hospital has long had a focus on colorectal health, both from a treatment and community health education standpoint. We are proud to partner with the Onondaga County Cancer Services Program to continue to raise awareness for this important issue by illuminating the Crouse clock tower in blue during March.”
About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S., but it doesn’t have to be. Colorectal cancer usually begins in the form of a polyp in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a non-cancerous tissue growth that can develop into cancer over time. Screening tests can help find polyps and colorectal cancer early, which greatly improves treatment outcomes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that when colorectal cancer is found early and treated, the 5-year relative survival rate is 90 percent. Colorectal cancer is more likely to occur as people age so all men and women 50 years and older should be screened for colorectal cancer. There are often no symptoms during the early stages of colorectal cancer, therefore routine colorectal screening is extremely important. According to a recent federal study, less than 25% of adults 50 years and older who do not have health insurance are up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening as compared to 59% of adults who do have health insurance.
Free Screenings for Uninsured Men and Women
Onondaga County's Cancer Services Program (CSP) offers free colorectal cancer screening for uninsured men and women ages 50 to 64. In addition, the CSP also offers free mammograms and Pap tests for women ages 40 to 64 who do not have health insurance. These screenings are provided at healthcare provider sites throughout the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County. To register for a free colorectal screening, mammogram or Pap smear, call 315/435-3653 or visit the CSP website.
Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Contact
Onondaga County's CSP Facebook Page
Don't Be Afraid of Colorectal Cancer Screenings
Colon Cancer Resource