NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls will be illuminated blue on Friday night for Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
The intention is to spread the word that colon cancer is preventable and people should be tested. If the disease is found early, potential growths may be removed before they become cancerous.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in New York and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths. Each year, more than 10,000 New Yorkers develop the disease and more than 3,500 die as a result. Yet one in four adults in New York State, ages 50 to 75, have never been tested. With regular testing, more than half of the deaths from colon cancer could be prevented, experts say.
Local and state politicians, health professionals and Niagara Falls State Parks officials will lead off a campaign of awareness on Friday night capped off with a big blue reminder urging everyone to get tested regularly.