Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: National and tri-state area resources to get screened
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Regular screening beginning at age 45 is the key to preventing colorectal cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Below are some resources for you and your family:
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SCREENING
If you're 45 to 75 years old, get screened for colorectal cancer regularly. If you’re younger than 45 and think you may be at high risk of getting colorectal cancer or if you’re older than 75, talk to your doctor about screening. Click here for more information on colorectal cancer screening tests.
Click here for screening information from the state.
The New Jersey Cancer and Early Detection Program (NJCEED) provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancers to eligible uninsured and underinsured state residents. Click here for more information.
New York state is part of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable's initiative to get 80% of the adult population screened for colorectal cancer. Here's more information.
NEW YORK CITY
Call 311 to be connected to a New York City Health + Hospitals location and find out if you qualify for low-cost or no-cost colon cancer screening. You can also contact the New York State Cancer Services Program, which provides colon cancer screening to uninsured New Yorkers ages 50 to 75. Here's more information.