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March 30th, 2016

Colon Cancer Awareness

Let’s face it: most people don’t really want to talk about colon cancer screening. It’s embarrassing and intimidating, they think.  “It won’t affect me.” Maybe that’s why there are so many misconceptions out there about colon cancer.

Have you heard someone say, “Colon Cancer is a men’s disease.”  Myth! The American Cancer Society estimated that about 69,000 woman and 77,000 men would be diagnosed with colon cancer in the United States.  Have you heard someone say, “Colon Cancer cannot be prevented.”  Myth! When found early, colon cancer can be prevented from advancing.  How about, “There’s only one way to get screened.” Myth! Screening methods have improved and there are more non-invasive options available.

During Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the YWCA Cancer Services Program Orange County want to spread the word that getting screened for colon cancer is available.  If you are 50 years and older and are un-insured, colon screening tests are available at no cost. 

The YWCA’s CSP also offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to eligible uninsured women, ages 40 and older.

Let’s clear up these Colon Cancer myths and get more people screened.

Call the YWCA Cancer Services Program Orange County today to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings. 845-561-8050, ext. 15.

J.K. Gentile-Trepicone
YWCA Cancer Services Program Orange County

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