Agency urges cancer screenings

ROCHESTER — A local health agency is striving to increase cancer screenings throughout the community all this month, which is known as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

The statewide campaign began March 4 to educate local residents about the disease, according to information from Cancer Services Program of Monroe County, especially as early detection boosts the chances of successful treatment and higher survival rates.

Even before the campaign began, the program has seen a 20-percent increase in breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings since last year, and 72 percent more men have been screened for colon cancer. The program pays for mammograms, pelvic exams and colonoscopies for uninsured men and women between the ages of 40 and 64 and has additional funds for screenings until March 31.

To enroll or learn more about the program, call 585-224-070.

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