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Dinolfo Announces New Cancer Screening Initiative As Part Of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Dinolfo Announces New Cancer Screening Initiative As Part Of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo joined health and business leaders throughout the community to sign the 80% by 2018 pledge at the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month event hosted by the American Cancer Society.

“Colorectal Cancer is a deadly but preventable disease and I’m proud that our Monroe County team is helping to lead the charge for increased awareness and access to screenings,” said Dinolfo. “As a signatory of the 80% by 2018 pledge, we are leading by example and providing screening kits to all Monroe County employees because colorectal cancer is a dangerous disease that could affect anyone at any time in their life.”

The 80% by 2018 pledge reflects a commitment to increase the amount of screenings for colorectal cancer among patients 50 and older to 80% by 2018. In addition to signing the pledge, Dinolfo announced Monroe County’s new Colorectal Cancer Employee Wellness Initiative in partnership with The Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association (GRIPA).

Monroe County’s screening rate currently exceeds the national average. The goal of the Colorectal Cancer Employee Wellness Initiative is to increase awareness and reduce perceived barriers to testing in order to achieve screening rates in the 90th percentile for colorectal cancer.

The first of its kind in our area, this new initiative will provide free colorectal cancer screening tests to employees at the County’s wellness health fair and open enrollment events later this year. The home test kits are available to any employee and are proven to reduce mortality rates from colorectal cancer. If a test result is positive, the employee will be contacted in a confidential manner by professional medical staff at GRIPA for care management.

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