Friday, October 20, 2017


Main Streets Go Blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Residents encouraged to "Go Blue" on March 4th in support.

ELMIRA – The Southern Tier Cancer Service Program is urging everyone to join area health officials and “Go Blue” in support of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month on Friday, March 4th, National Dress in Blue Day.  Wear something blue to bring attention to this preventable cancer and spread the word about lifesaving screening. 

Colorectal cancer — cancer that begins in the colon or rectum — is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers.  It is estimated that one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime.  “Each year in New York State, more than 10,000 people develop cancer of the colon and rectum, and nearly 3,500 New Yorkers die from this disease,” says Denise Artgetsinger, Southern Tier Cancer Services Program.

Towns across New York, including the City of Elmira, are raising awareness about this preventable cancer by turning their Main Streets Blue and hosting colorectal cancer screening events throughout March.  Many businesses in the City of Elmira will be participating by wearing blue, displaying blue lights and providing information in their businesses.

Downtown Elmira is participating in “Main Streets Go Blue” which is a National awareness of Colon cancer in March. The First Arena outside marquee has the colorectal cancer awareness blue ribbon lit up 24/7 for the entire month. Wisner Park has an awareness sign along with a tree decorated with blue lights. The City of Elmira hung blue cancer ribbons along Main Street and Water Street on the light posts and several businesses along both streets will be decorating storefront windows blue to again show their support.

Werdenbergs historic department storefront has been decorated with signs, ribbons, and information about the importance of early screening and how this could save your life.
Colorectal cancer often can be prevented.  All New Yorkers, regardless of age, can also reduce their risk for colorectal cancer by quitting smoking or never starting, maintaining a healthy diet and increasing their physical activity.  In addition, regular screening can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they become cancer.  However, a large number of New Yorkers are still not aware of their risk and many do not get screening when they should.  All men and women ages 50 and older should get screened for colorectal cancer.

Cancer Services Program, Denise Argetsinger wants our community to be aware in the importance of receiving screenings for colorectal cancer. Colon Cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. 

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

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