Neighborhoods such as Bedford-Stuyvesant and East New York have high mortality rates from colon cancer, but that can be changed with eating nutritious foods, regular screenings, and staying away from tobacco products.
Colorectal cancer is on the top of the list of leading forms of cancer in New York City. For this reason, getting screened for Colon Cancer has become an absolute obligation for New Yorkers over the age of 50.
As young adults we tend to worry very little about our overall health, but once we’ve crossed the 30-year-old hump we begin to take our route medical check-ups seriously. Yet, no one really knows the proper age to begin checking for the leading forms of cancer, like colon cancer. According to the Health Department, it is urged that anyone living in New York over the age of 50 should get screened for colon cancer.
“It is critical that all Brooklynites over 50 years of age get screened for colon cancer,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.
There’s not a single person in New York who looks forward to a colonoscopy, but it is best practice to get screened for colon and rectal cancer before the symptoms begin to present themselves. As often heard, prevention and detection are the key to saving lives.
Which Tests Help Detect Colon Cancer?
- CT Colonography
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Fecal Immunochemical Test
- The FIT-DNA Test
It is Vital to Talk to Your Doctor about Colon Cancer Screening
Routine screenings are one of the most prevailing weapons to avoid colon cancer. If polyps are found during rectal and colon cancer screenings, they can typically be removed before they have the ability to convert into cancer. Testing can also result in detecting cancer in early stages, the smaller it is, the easier it will be to treat and cure.
Brooklyn Boro Hall Hosting Colon Cancer Screening Information Session Thursday March 1
Boro President Eric Adams is hosting a “Colon Cancer is Preventable” event Thursday March 1, 2018 at Brooklyn Boro Hall, at 6pm. This is especially important for Brooklyn men. Women are urged to encourage the men in their family to come down to find out more about colon cancer prevention and screening.
Date: Thursday March 1, 2018
Location: Brooklyn Boro Hall 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn NY 11201