National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is sponsored by the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Did you know that approximately 3,060 cases of colorectal cancer have been reported in the Bronx over the past few years and 1,097 deaths of Bronx residents have been contributed to this disease as documented by the NY State Department of Health. Colorectal Cancer is the 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in America and the 3rd leading cause of death for adults according to the American Cancer Society. However colorectal cancer is a “preventable, treatable and beatable” disease as expressed by the Prevent Cancer Foundation which was started in 1985 and is one of the nation’s leading health organizations in cancer prevention.
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to bring cancer prevention and early detection awareness to the nation through community outreach to underserved populations. So that men and women from the Bronx and all throughout the United States who are within the recommended age of 50 for colorectal cancer screening, but not yet eligible for Medicare, can receive services therefore bridging this dangerous gap. They are accomplishing this through research, education and activism for a federally supported screening program to provide “colorectal cancer screenings and treatment for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals who are not eligible for Medicare”. The Prevent Cancer Foundation is advocating to enact the “Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Act” that will establish these services with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click on the link for more information on colorectal cancer at the Prevent Cancer Foundation website. Address: 1600 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314, (800) 227-2732, Contact Person: Suzette Smith Email
Prevent Cancer Super Colon Nationwide Exhibit
Prevent Cancer Super Colon is an interactive educational exhibit to bring awareness to communities all across America that colorectal cancer is preventable disease that can be treated and cured with early detection. Participants in the exhibit can walk through the giant inflatable colon and view cancerous polyps as well as healthy colon tissue up close. Gather your family and friends together to enjoy the exhibit on Sunday March 27, 2011 – 10am to 2pm in Central Park at 72nd Street and Central Park West. It’s being sponsored by the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation who will also be having a race to fundraise for cancer in Central Park. Contact: Jennifer Sloan (516)233-2585 Email [email protected]
Minority Health and Cancer
Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx conducted a study regarding the disparity of health care coverage and cancer prevention for minorities. The findings also determined that the biggest problem was lack of knowledge of cancer screening. To learn more about this study “Beliefs, knowledge, and behavior about cancer among urban Hispanic women” click here. To find out what’s being done to assist minorities and cancer prevention visit The Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Human Services and click here for cancer prevention and read “Race, Income Barriers to Colon Cancer Screening” By Robert Preidt on the website.
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