Conte: Cancer Screening Saves Lives

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Like manyLong Island families, I know well what a diagnosis of cancer means to one’s friends and loved ones. Cancer is a devastating disease that is expected to claim the lives of about 577,190 Americans in 2012 – more than 1,500 people every day.

 The best weapon we have in fighting cancer is early detection. That’s why I am joining in the effort to promote cancer screenings during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Your risks for colorectal cancer increase with age, so it is imperative that people 50 or older receive proper colorectal cancer screenings. Colorectal and other cancer screenings save lives. The month of March is the perfect time to highlight the importance of early detection as well as urge one’s friends and loved ones to get screened.

 By scheduling an appointment for a screening, you will take a positive step in protecting yourself from colorectal or other cancers. Dads are such an important part of all our lives and everyone should do all they can to keep their fathers healthy this year.

To help residents receive these potentially live-saving screenings,Suffolk County is providing free colorectal screenings for those who meet income and age requirements. To learn more, or to set up an appointment, residents can call 631-376-3434.

 Jim Conte
Member of the Assembly
10th District

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