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Jewish Voice: NY Health Dept Recognizes Colon Cancer Awareness Month

By Jewish Voice staff, 3/9

The Health Department announced last week that New York City’s colon cancer screening rate increased by 66 percent in the last decade. Despite colon cancer being one of the most preventable cancers, it is the second deadliest cancer, killing more than 1,300 New Yorkers in 2013. Colonoscopies are the best tool to prevent and protect against colon cancer. Colon cancer screening can detect cancer in its early stage, when it is more treatable. Colonoscopies can also detect precancerous polyps – abnormal growths in the colon or rectum – which can be removed before they turn life-threatening.