Voorhees, New Jersey – The Endo Center at Voorhees is pleased to announce that New Jersey Assemblyman and General Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald is set to attend the center’s observation of the third annual National Colon Cancer Screening Day. Assemblyman Greenwald represents New Jersey’s 6th District which comprises fifteen towns and boroughs in Camden County, including Voorhees.
With participation of over 140 endoscopy centers nationwide, National Colon Cancer Screening Day is an effort to screen first-time patients for colon cancer on Friday, March 7. The goal of Screening Day is to not only encourage those who have been delaying a colonoscopy to get screened, but also to motivate individuals to have a conversation with family members about their medical history.
“According to the American Cancer Society, a little less than 60 percent of New Jersey residents aged 50 or older is screened for colon cancer,” said Assemblyman Greenwald. “That ranks 29th among the 50 states. We can do better as a community to make sure our loved ones are getting screened.”
As a way to make good on that promise, Assemblyman Greenwald along with physicians and staff at The Endo Center at Voorhees plan to mail postcards to friends and family members to encourage them to get screened.
Colon cancer is the third deadliest form of cancer in the U.S., yet when caught early, patients have a 90 percent chance of survival. A colonoscopy is the most effective method of screening for colon cancer, and National Screening Day provides great motivation to discuss whether it’s time to schedule one.
“Determining your family’s history with colon cancer or polyps can determine when you need to get screened. That information can be lifesaving,” said Dr. Neil Cohen of the Endo Center at Voorhees. “Too many patients are putting off the conversation and the appointment for a colonoscopy. By designating a national screening day, we hope to raise awareness and break down the barriers associated with the topic and procedure.”
During a colonoscopy, precancerous polyps can be detected and removed before they develop into cancer, making a colonoscopy the only test that allows both detection and prevention at the same time.
For more information and to schedule a colonoscopy, visit www.TheEndoCenter.com or www.StopColonCancerNow.com.
About The Endo Center at Voorhees
The Endo Center at Voorhees has multiple GI endoscopy procedure rooms with state-of-the art safety and diagnostic equipment. We are confident that patients will find The Endo Center at Voorhees to be a very pleasant, safe and convenient alternative to hospital-based endoscopy.The Endo Center at Voorhees is both Medicare approved and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
StopColonCancerNow.com is a community of more than 1,000 physicians who have joined forces to promote education and awareness about colon cancer screening and prevention. AmSurg, provider of approximately one in every 10 colonoscopies in the United States, launched the campaign in 2009 as part of its commitment to provide the highest level of care and information to people at risk for colon cancer. For more information on colon cancer and the importance of screening, visit www.StopColonCancerNow.com.