Health officials in New York say that the importance of New Yorkers getting screened for colorectal cancer at the appropriate age cannot be overstated.

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Regular screenings not only save lives but also help in detecting abnormalities early enough for effective treatment. The New York State Cancer Services Program offers screenings for uninsured individuals starting at the age of 45, providing a crucial service in the battle against this deadly disease.

Why Colorectal Cancer Screening Is Essential in New York

Colorectal cancer is often asymptomatic in its early stages, making regular screenings imperative. By identifying and removing precancerous growths or detecting cancer at an early stage, individuals have a much higher chance of successful treatment and survival. Screening tests not only benefit the individual but also contribute to a decreased incidence of advanced colorectal cancer cases.

Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer Screening in New York

According to established guidelines, individuals aged 45 and older should undergo colorectal cancer screening. However, those under 45 with a family history of colorectal cancer or other risk factors may need to start screening at a younger age. It is recommended to have a discussion with a healthcare provider to assess individual risks and determine when screening should commence, ideally before turning 45.

Laura Kelly, the Program Coordinator of New York's Cancer Services Program, emphasizes the silent nature of colorectal cancer, highlighting the need for proactive screening. Recent trends show a concerning increase in colorectal cancer cases among individuals under 55, underscoring the importance of early detection through regular screenings.

Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening Services in New York

For uninsured New Yorkers aged 45 and above who qualify, the Cancer Services Program of the Southern Tier offers free colorectal cancer screenings. Additionally, the program covers the costs of necessary follow-up tests and assists clients in enrolling in the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program if required. This initiative aims to ensure that access to essential screening services is not limited by financial constraints. Individuals are encouraged to speak with their healthcare providers about colorectal cancer screening to determine the most appropriate testing options.

For those without health insurance or a healthcare provider, reaching out to the Southern Tier Cancer Services Program at 607-778-3900 can provide guidance and necessary support.

Empowering New Yorkers Through Screening

The New York State Cancer Services Program offers a range of cancer screening and diagnostic services at no cost to eligible adults in the state. By removing financial barriers and providing access to critical screenings, the program plays a vital role in promoting early detection and improving outcomes for individuals at risk of colorectal cancer.

To explore the resources offered by the Cancer Services Program or to seek assistance in scheduling a screening, individuals can visit the New York Department of Health - Cancer Services Program or contact the program directly at 1-866-442-CANCER (2262).

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