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CEF Library System Partners With Cancer Services For Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Clinton, Essex, Franklin Library System is partnering with the Cancer Services Programs to urge everyone to “Go Blue” for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March. Towns across New York are raising awareness about this preventable cancer by turning to partners in the community to get the word out. All 34 libraries in the three county area will be displaying information throughout March.

Colorectal cancer - cancer that begins in the colon or rectum - is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers. It is estimated that one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime. Each year in New York State, more than 10,000 people develop cancer of the colon and rectum, and nearly 3,500 New Yorkers die from this disease. However, a large number of New Yorkers are still not aware of their risk and many are not being screened at recommended intervals. Colorectal cancer often can be prevented. Regular screening can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

Colorectal cancer screening is a preventive health service and an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act,
so health insurance plans must cover colorectal cancer screening with no patient cost sharing, copayment or coinsurance, even if a you haven’t met your yearly deductible. The New York State Department of Health’s Cancer Services Program partnerships offer colorectal cancer screening to eligible uninsured women and men in every NYS county and New York City borough.

If you are uninsured and over 50 the Cancer Services Program in your county will cover an in home screening kit that is simple to use and effective. To learn more you can pick up information at the library in your area or call: in Clinton County 518-324-7661, or in Franklin & Essex 1-877-275-6266.

CVPH Medical Center administers the New York State grant that funds this program.