Oswego County Health Department Goes Blue for OCO Cancer Services

FULTON, NY – In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month Carolyn Handville program coordinator for Oswego County Opportunities Cancer Services Program challenged health providers throughout Oswego County to Go Blue and creatively decorate their offices in blue, the official color for Colon Cancer Awareness.

The staff of the Oswego County Health Department was the winners in Oswego County Opportunities Cancer Services Go Blue challenge. From left in front are Judy Naioti, Marianne O'Hara, Dorothy Cloonan, Courtney MacEwen, Alyse Kirk, Anna McNamara, Sue Reitz, Linda Eagan, Katelyn Ford and Sam Crisafulli.  Middle row from left: Chantel Eckert, Jody Martin, Melissa Walker, Diane Oldenburg, Elizabeth Weimer, Tammy Thompson, Penny Murphy-Potter, Sonia Robinson, Pat Owens, Marilyn Loughrey and Chris Williams; last row from left are Jiancheng Huang, Kimberly Grant, Chris Metz, Brandon Morey and Patty Chipman.
The staff of the Oswego County Health Department was the winners in Oswego County Opportunities Cancer Services Go Blue challenge. From left in front are Judy Naioti, Marianne O’Hara, Dorothy Cloonan, Courtney MacEwen, Alyse Kirk, Anna McNamara, Sue Reitz, Linda Eagan, Katelyn Ford and Sam Crisafulli. Middle row from left: Chantel Eckert, Jody Martin, Melissa Walker, Diane Oldenburg, Elizabeth Weimer, Tammy Thompson, Penny Murphy-Potter, Sonia Robinson, Pat Owens, Marilyn Loughrey and Chris Williams; last row from left are Jiancheng Huang, Kimberly Grant, Chris Metz, Brandon Morey and Patty Chipman.

Photos of the offices were posted on the Cancer Services Facebook page www.facebook.com/free.cancer.screenings where community members could view the photos and ‘like’ their favorite.

Oswego County Health Department was the favorite with more than 4,200 ‘likes.’

“The staff at the Oswego County Health Department were very creative in their Go Blue decorations. They used a very creative under the sea theme with the slogan ‘Just Keep Screening.’ It was a fun challenge and I’m pleased that so many health care providers participated. They all did a wonderful job in helping us raising awareness of Colon Cancer,” said Handville.

According to Handville, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths; and 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 for colon cancer.

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,” added 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.