New Jersey Stands Against Colon Cancer
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, March 12 2014 @ 07:45 PM EDT
-- With March set aside as "Colon Cancer Awareness Month," it's an ideal time for New Jersey residents to focus on the second deadliest form of cancer in the U.S. -- particularly since the Garden State ranks only 29th among all states in percentage of residents age 50 or older who've been screened for the disease.
Recognizing the need for increased awareness, the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) recently sponsored a pair of events, with one each in north and south Jersey, focusing on the danger of colon cancer and the benefits of screening tests/preventive care (plus the resultant reduction of health care costs).
New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald, who lost his mother-in-law to colon cancer, spoke at The Endo Center in Voorhees while New Jersey Senate Majority Conference Leader Robert M. Gordon spoke at The Endoscopy Center of Bergen County in Paramus.
The twin NJAASC events also featured input from leading medical experts. Dr. Neil Cohen spoke at the event in Voorhees, while Dr. Eric Avezzano, Dr. Anna Korkis, Dr. Steven Leibowitz, Dr. Robert Levine, and Dr. Rosario Ligresti spoke in Paramus.
At both events, all participants and speakers further emphasized the benefits of early detection by writing postcards to all members of the New Jersey Legislature, urging them to get screened if they haven’t already. When detected early, the survival rate for colon cancer is 90%. And thanks to screenings, the U.S. death rate for the disease has been dropping for more than 20 years.
High-resolution, digital images of the events:
• Cohen speaking at The Endo Center in Voorhees http://tinyurl.com/nzeyquc
• Greenwald speaking at The Endo Center in Voorhees http://tinyurl.com/kvpopvx
• NJAASC President Larry Trenk speaking at The Endoscopy Center of Bergen County in Paramus http://tinyurl.com/o6wz462
• Gordon speaking at The Endoscopy Center of Bergen County in Paramus http://tinyurl.com/oatl4kg
About the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers
An incorporated, non-profit organization, the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (NJAASC) was established in 1992 by owners of various independent ambulatory surgery centers. The NJAASC has a goal of promoting and advancing the efforts of the state’s ambulatory surgery centers in the delivery of optimized, cost-effective patient care.