BATH – Steuben County employees have pledged their support for lifesaving colorectal screening.
The pledge to reach a goal of 80 percent participation by eligible employees by the end of 2018 is the result of a collaboration between the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Steuben County and the county’s Employee Wellness Committee.
“Our organizations stand united in the belief that we can eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem,” said Steuben County Public Health Education Coordinator Lorelei Wagner. “We have screening technologies that work, the national capacity to apply these technologies, and effective local models for delivering care in a more organized fashion.”
The second leading cause of cancer deaths, and a cause of considerable suffering for more than 135,000 adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer annually, colorectal cancer can be detected early at a curable stage and prevented through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps.
Colorectal cancer screenings should begin at age 50 for those that are at average risk, said Sherry DeGaetano, program coordinator for the state Department of Health’s Cancer Services Program of Steuben County.
Anyone with an immediate family history of colorectal cancer or symptoms consistent with the disease should consult with their primary health care provider.
Noninvasive techniques are typically used now as the first step in screening, and individuals are urged to discuss appropriate screening options.
CSP of Steuben County offers ways for Steuben residents to prevent colorectal cancer, including:
• Free colorectal…
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