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County Health Department Reminding Residents June is Men’s Health Month


The County Services Program (CSP) of Cayuga and Cortland Counties are reminding residents the month of June is Men’s Health month. With this, the CSP is encouraging men who are 45 years or older, to get screened for colorectal cancer. The recommended age to begin colorectal screening was lowered from 50 years old to now 45 years of age.

CSP says even though the recommendation is for all people who are 45 years or older, they say men are less likely to be up to date with their cancer screening. Recent data shows men between the ages of 50 and 75, about 69% are up to date on their colorectal screening. Women, though, are 74% up to date on screenings when compared to the same age group.

Men are more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer than women and are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and to die from the disease.

“Regular screening for colorectal cancer can save lives,” says Courtney Maxson, Senior Public Health Educator. “For men who are uninsured, or who don’t have a doctor, the CSP may be able to help. We can provide free colorectal cancer screening to those who qualify.”

A colorectal cancer screening test will look for disease when even a person doesn’t have any symptoms. Screenings are able to detect cancer early when it is easier to treat. The screening can also help patients remove growths before they even turn cancerous.

Risk factors that can increase your risk for colorectal cancer include being overweight, smoking, and drinking. Family history, symptoms or other bowel diseases are also risk factors that may require earlier screenings than 45 years old.

More information for those who do not have health insurance and free colorectal cancer screening for those living in Cayuga, Cortland, and Tompkins Counties, you can contact the CSP at 607-758-5523. You may also find additional information online HERE.

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