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Make That Call to Prevent, Treat and Survive the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States.

Details and Awareness Events

Make That Call for Colon Cancer Screening is a health education campaign being held on March 1-31, 2014, to urge those 50 and older to Make That Call for Colon Cancer Screening.

As part of the Make That Call campaign, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health & Center for Advanced Digestive Care, along with the New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5), American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) and New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (NYSGE) and participating NYC businesses and organizations are partnering to help increase colon cancer awareness and screening

Make That Call to your doctor!

If you are age 50 or older, we urge you to Make That Call to your doctor today to schedule an appointment for colon cancer screening. If you are younger than 50 but have risk factors that increase your risk for colorectal cancer, Make That Call to your doctor to discuss screening at a younger age. With appropriate screening and early detection, this disease is often preventable and highly curable. It's your call. And it could save your life.

NewYork-Presbyterian Colon Cancer Awareness Day Events

Women and Colon Cancer Patient Seminar
Tuesday, March 4: 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Belfer Research Building, Weill Cornell Medical Center

The Center for Advanced Digestive Care Patient Seminar Series discusses current topics in digestive health in a casual setting, with topics ranging from prevention to treatment. The March seminar event, entitled “Women and Colon Cancer: Special Considerations” will feature a panel of physicians and other CADC representatives discussing patient scenarios. Q&A time and light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the second floor conference room of the Belfer Research Building at 413 East 69th Street. For additional information, please contact

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day
Saturday, March 15: 1:15 – 4 p.m. at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center, Columbia University Medical Center

The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center invite you to attend an afternoon of learning and sharing with the experts. At this event, lectures will include risk factors, screening and early detection, treatment options and a patient testimonial. Various vendors will be on hand providing useful literature, materials, and giveaways. You will also have the opportunity to interact with our staff and faculty and enjoy refreshments.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day is open to the public. Please bring your family and friends! Register today at

Join the Campaign Online

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Stay Connected with NewYork-Presbyterian all year long!

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Advances is a monthly communication showcasing innovations in care and research highlighting events, patients and our staff
  • Center for Advanced Digestive Care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center offers special Digestive News to patients including advances in treatments programs and patient support groups and events

Screening & Prevention

Prevent, Treat and Survive

  • Colorectal cancer, often referred to as colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States, but it doesn't have to be. This disease is largely preventable and highly curable with recommended screening and early detection.

Risk Factors

  • Colon cancer occurs in both men and women.
  • Colon cancer may occur at any age, but the risk is increased in persons age 50 & older
  • Medical factors that increase the risk of colon cancer include:
    • Personal or family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer;
    • Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease;
    • Personal or family history of hereditary colon cancer syndromes (such as FAP or HNPCC).

Screening = Prevention & Early Detection

  • Screening refers to testing that is done before symptoms are present.
  • Screening tests allow the detection of early colon cancer when it is highly curable, as well as the detection of growths, called polyps, which can turn into cancer. In removing a pre-cancerous polyp, colon cancer can often be prevented.
  • Women and men at average risk for colon cancer need to begin screening at age 50. The joint screening recommendations from the American Cancer Society, US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and American College of Radiology for those at average risk include one of the following options, grouped by screening tests used primarily for cancer and screening tests for both cancer & pre-cancerous polyps:

    • Tests That Detect Both Polyps and Cancer
      • Colonoscopy every 10 years; OR
      • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years; OR
      • Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years; OR
      • Computed tomographic colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years.
    • Tests That Detect Primarily Cancer
      • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) with high sensitivity for cancer, every year; OR
      • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) with high sensitivity for cancer, every year; OR
      • Stool DNA test with high sensitivity for cancer (interval uncertain).
  • According to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, colonoscopy is the preferred colon cancer screening test in New York City. A colonoscopy allows for the detection and removal of pre-cancerous polyps and identification of early cancers during a single examination.
  • Those who have certain risk factors—such as a family history of colorectal polyps or cancer; personal history of inflammatory bowel disease; or personal or family history of hereditary colon cancer syndromes—need to speak with their doctor about beginning screening at a younger age.


  • Early colon cancer often has no symptoms at all. When present, symptoms may include: rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, narrowing of the stool, cramping pain in the abdomen, fatigue, or unexplained weight loss. If you have symptoms, please see your doctor promptly for evaluation and diagnosis.

Call Your Doctor

  • Please, if you're 50 or older, call your doctor today to schedule your screening appointment.

For More Information

For more information on colon cancer screening, visit:

Screening Locations

To make an appointment for colon cancer screening in New York call NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at 877-902-2232 and let them know you are Making that Call for Colon Cancer Screening

Weill Cornell Medical Center
525 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

Columbia University Medical Center
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

To make an appointment for colon cancer screening outside of New York call The Colon Cancer Alliance Hotline at 877-422-2030 [Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 4:30pm]