Monday, October 23, 2017


"March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County"

Elmira - Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Chemung County and Denise Argetsinger of Southern Tier Cancer Services Program Chemung County is urging everyone to talk to their doctor about screening and testing options for colorectal cancer (also called colon cancer). With recommended screening, the number of people who die from colorectal cancer could be reduced by at least 60%.

When colorectal cancer is found and treated early, it can often be cured.  In some cases, screening can actually prevent the development of colorectal cancer by finding polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed before they become cancerous. Yet colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in New York State. Each year, more than 10,000 New Yorkers develop colorectal cancer and more than 3,500 die as a result. 

“Colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms, especially at first, which is why regular screening is needed to catch the disease in its earliest stages,” says Denise Argetsinger. “We want people to know there is more than one screening test for colorectal cancer and screening is easier than ever.  The important thing to remember is to talk to your doctor, decide which screening test is right for you, and get screened.  For anyone without a doctor or without insurance, the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of The Southern Tier located at the Chemung County Health Center can help by calling 607-873-1500.

All men and women age 50 and older should get screened for colorectal cancer. Although this disease can occur at any age, most people who develop colorectal cancer are over age 50.  Anyone with a personal or family history of colorectal polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum), colorectal cancer, or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, is at higher risk for developing colorectal cancer.  These individuals should talk to their doctors about when to begin screening and how often they should be tested.

The CSP of The Southern Tier located at the Chemung County Health Center is part of the New York State Department of Health’s Cancer Services Program, which offers colorectal, breast and cervical cancer screening to eligible uninsured individuals in every county in the state. To find a local Cancer Services Program near you, visit or call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262). 

For individuals insured through Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial health plans, including those participating in the New York State of Health, colorectal cancer screening is covered with no cost to the patient. To learn more about screening options, visit

Our Mission is to be the leader in the field of cancer education, community outreach, awareness, early detection, treatment, and support. If you or anyone you know does NOT have health insurance, we can help! Please call Denise at 607-873-1500.

Click here to view subject proclamation.

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