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Contact: Linda J. Johnson
UPMC Chautauqua WCA Lights the Hospital Blue to Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness
JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (Sunday, March 19, 2017)—UPMC Chautauqua WCA joined area health officials to “Turn Chautauqua County Blue”, by lighting the hospital blue in March to raise awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and early detection.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and blue is the universally-recognized color for colorectal cancer. Cancer Services of Chautauqua County and area health, agencies/organizations, hospitals, and government representatives are teaming up to show their commitment in raising awareness of the importance of getting screened.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer—but it doesn’t have to be. “Screenings save lives,” said Betsy T. Wright, president, UPMC Chautauqua WCA who joined forces with area hospitals, health agencies, and government representatives on March 17 to sign a pledge in support of getting 80 percent of the eligible population screened for colon cancer by 2018. “Screening tests help prevent colorectal cancer or detect cancer early when treatment is the most effective. Our county-wide collaborative effort is to provide support, education, and screenings that can reduce colorectal-related deaths.”
If you are 50 or older, getting a colorectal cancer screening test could save your life. Talk to your doctor about which screening or test is right for you and how often you should be screened. The Cancer Services Program of Chautauqua County is part of New York State Department of Health’s Cancer Services Program. The program offers colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening to eligible uninsured and underinsured individuals in every county in the state. To find a local cancer services program or to obtain eligibility requirements for a free screening, contact the Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program, at 1-866-442-CANCER (2262).
For more information on UPMC Chautauqua WCA, go to UPMCChautauquaWCA.org.
About UPMC Community Benefits
Nearly 600 UPMC Chautauqua WCA residents received essential diagnostic information through screenings in 2016. Health screenings are a small part of the more than $892 million a year that UPMC provides in total IRS-defined community benefits, including more care to the Pittsburgh region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. Over the past five years, UPMC has dedicated nearly $4 billion to community-focused programs and services, making a substantial impact for the well-being of the people who live, work, learn and raise their families in Pennsylvania. The complete UPMC Community Benefits Report is available online at upmc.com.