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OCO Cancer Services Recognizes Colon Cancer Awareness Month

FULTON, NY – In recognition of March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program reminds us that regular screenings are especially important for the early detection of colon cancer.

Employees of Oswego County Opportunities demonstrate their support of Colon Cancer Awareness Month by participating in Dress in Blue Day. For more information, call Carolyn Handville at 315-592-0830 or visit www.oco.org.
Employees of Oswego County Opportunities demonstrate their support of Colon Cancer Awareness Month by participating in Dress in Blue Day. For more information, call Carolyn Handville at 315-592-0830 or visit www.oco.org.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

While early detection and treatment can prevent colon cancer, it’s estimated that more than one million New Yorkers age 50 to 75 have never been screened.

As the early stages of colon cancer often do not produce any symptoms it is imperative that men and women over 50 years of age, or younger if there is a history of colon cancer in the family, receive regular screenings.

“Raising awareness of colon cancer is of the utmost importance,” said Carolyn Handville. “Colon cancer can be prevented. Regular screenings can find pre-cancerous polyps so they can be removed before they become cancerous.  The risk of developing colon cancer may also be reduced by not smoking, eating healthy, drinking alcohol only in moderation and participating in regular physical activity.”

OCO’s Cancer Services Program provides free colorectal cancer screenings to uninsured men and women ages 50 to 64.

Additionally the program provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms and pap/pelvic exams.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Cancer Services Program at 315-592-0830.

A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of approximately 20,000 Oswego County residents each year.

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs nearly 600 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,200.

OCO strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives.

For more information, visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org.