Westchester DOH reminds middle-aged adults to get screened for colorectal cancer

Westchester County health officials are reminding people to see a doctor during Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness month.

Bianca Rosembert

Mar 7, 2024, 3:25 AM

Updated 77 days ago


Colorectal cancer is becoming more common in younger adults.
This type of cancer is when cells grow out of control in the colon or rectum which can develop into polyps that may be cancerous, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The good news is that it's preventable and treatable in many cases.
Three years ago, doctors recommended people to start screenings on their 50th birthday.
Now the recommended age is 45 years old.
"If you are in your 40s, this is the right time to talk with your doctor about your family history, identify your risk factors and learn how lifestyle changes can reduce your risks,” said Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler.
It's the third most common cancer, according to the Westchester Department of Health.
Health officials are reminding people to see a doctor during Colorectal Cancer Screening Awareness month.
Whether you're insured or uninsured, there is a program to help adults kickstart health screenings through county partnerships.
Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital is hosting the first educational event and screening on Friday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13, at Ossining Open Door, 165 Main St. 3rd floor, Ossining, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13, at Cancer Support Community Greater NY & CT, 80 Maple Ave., White Plains, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 21 at Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 21 at Phelps Hospital Auditorium, 701 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Those in need of more treatment will be scheduled for a colonoscopy.
The procedure detects and removes precancerous polyps.
More than half of all colorectal cancers are linked to physical inactivity, poor nutrition, excess body weight and tobacco and alcohol use.
For more information, people can contact the Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley at 855-277-4482.

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