The Cancer Services Program of Monroe County has partnered with local churches, barber shops and community groups to increase awareness of the need for cancer screening and early detection of colon cancer to save lives.
A kickoff event for the partnership was held at Immaculate Conception Church in Rochester on March 4 as part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month activities.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United States, according to information from the Cancer Services Program, which is part of the University of Rochester’s Center for Community Health. In New York state, more than 10,000 people annually develop cancer of the colon and rectum, and nearly 3,600 of those people die from what center officials say is a preventable disease.
Prevention begins with screening, which should begin at age 50 for men and women. Anyone with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer should talk to a health-care provider about starting such screenings at an earlier age.
The Cancer Services Program of Monroe County offers financial assistance for anyone who doesn’t have insurance. For more information, visit or contact Candice Lucas at 585-224-3070.