Hometown Health, American Cancer Society to Host 3/29 Colon Cancer Awareness Day
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (March 27, 2017) — In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Hometown Health Centers (HHC) will team up with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to host a Colon Cancer Awareness Day Weds., March 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at HHC’s Schenectady facility, which is located at 1044 State Street, Schenectady.
Members of the public are invited to learn about free or low-cost screening, and get more information and educational materials from the American Cancer Society about colon cancer prevention and screening options.
“We are delighted to be part of this important awareness effort,” said Joe Gambino, CEO, Hometown Health Centers, a Schenectady County health center nationally recognized for its high-quality healthcare. “As the primary care provider of choice for more than 18,000 patients — 80 percent of whom rely on either Medicare or Medicaid — we know the importance of educating our patients about the need for routine colorectal cancer screenings. This approach not only leads to a healthier community, but also helps save a great many lives.”
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women and claims the lives of around 3,200 New Yorkers each year. Risk increases with age and more than 90 percent of colorectal cancers occur in people 50 years old and older. Consequently, everyone is urged to have a screening colonoscopy beginning at age 50, and then, depending on risk factors, every 10 years thereafter. Most colorectal cancers can be prevented with screening, early detection and the removal of precancerous polyps.