MAYVILLE-Local organizations are teaming up with the county’s Cancer Services Program (CSP) in March to raise awareness about early detection and screening of colorectal cancer.
Numerous organizations have signed a pledge to get 80% of the eligible population to receive screening by 2018. Those organizations include UPMC Chautauqua WCA, The Resource Center, TLC Health Network, Brooks Memorial Hospital, Chautauqua County Office for the Aging and Dr. Joe Askar.
“If you see a local business or private residence displaying a blue light, you’ll know they support education about colorectal cancer and screening,” Commissioner of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler said. “They are partnering with the CSP to provide life-saving cancer screening information to the public.”
“Our shared goal is to encourage more community members to get tested for colon cancer by spreading the message that this disease is preventable.”
The campaign is dubbed “Turn CHQ Blue” as blue is the universally-recognized color for colorectal cancer. March is the designated month.
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death throughout the state, largely due to late screenings according to Schuyler.
“Colorectal cancer is one of the only cancers that can be detected and prevented through screening before it even starts,” Schuyler said. “Colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms, especially at first, which is another reason regular screening is necessary to catch the disease in its earliest stages.”
Schuyler said most people who develop colorectal cancer are over age 50.
“People at higher risk for colorectal cancer may need earlier or more frequent tests than other people,” Schuyler stated. “The important thing to remember is to talk to your doctor, decide which screening test is right for you, and complete the screening.”
“There is more than one way to screen for colorectal cancer and screening is easier than ever. For anyone without a doctor or without insurance, the Cancer Services Program of Chautauqua County can help.”