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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPMC Chautauqua WCA ‘Going Blue’ For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

 

JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (Wednesday, March 21, 2018)—March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Chautauqua County Executive, George Borrello, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, JAMA-GLPP, Cancer Services Program of Chautauqua County, Chautauqua County Health Network, and local county hospitals and health partners are urging men and women to get screened for colorectal cancer. 

To get screened, talk to your doctor or call 1-866-422-CANCER (2262) to see if you are eligible for low cost, no cost colorectal screenings.

“Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Fortunately, with proper screening, it can often be prevented or treated at its earliest stage,” says Toni DeAngelo, RN, wellness manager, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “Early detection is critical to saving lives. UPMC Chautauqua WCA and our community partners are committed to fighting colorectal cancer by getting more people screened and providing our community with education and preventive resources.”

Cancer Services Program provides colorectal cancer screenings at no cost to women and men who:

Chautauqua County health partners have committed to increase colorectal cancer screening rates as part of 80% by 2018, an initiative of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, The American Cancer Society, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program aims to have 80percent of adults aged 50 and older screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

“Colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms especially at first, which is why regular screening is needed to catch the disease in its earlies stages,” said Christine Schuyler, BSN, RN, MHA, Chautauqua County public health director. “We want people to know there is more than one screening test for colorectal cancer and screening is easier than ever. The important thing to remember is to talk to your doctor, decide which screening test is right for you, and get screened. For anyone without a doctor or without insurance, the Cancer Services Program of Chautauqua County can help.”

To see if you are eligible for low cost, no cost colorectal screenings, call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) to talk to someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, who will connect you to a Cancer Services Program near you. The call is free. You may all visit health.ny.gov and search by county.

DeAngelo adds that all men and women ages 50 or older should be screened for colorectal cancer. “If a member of your family has had colorectal cancer, your health care provider may recommend starting screening earlier. It’s important to talk to your doctor and see if you should be screened. It can save your life.”

To learn more about the symptoms, treatment, and who should be screened for colorectal cancer, visit New York State Department of Health. Women and men in need of treatment for colon cancer may be eligible for coverage through the New York State Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program (NYS MCTP). Coverage last the entire time an individual is being treated and includes medications.

 

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About UPMC Community Benefits
Nearly 600 UPMC Chautauqua WCA residents received essential diagnostic information through screenings in 2017.  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.

 

 

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