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This Call Can Save Your Life

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

Awareness and Action

Make That Call for Colon Cancer Screening is a health education campaign being held every March to urge those 50 and older to be screened for colon cancer, and inform those under 50 about colon cancer and its screening methods.

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) are sharing public health information about colorectal cancer with the goal of increasing screening of at-risk populations, while also communicating with those not yet due for screening about ways to lower their colon cancer risk. The unified Make That Call campaign aims to make the message of colon cancer screening simple, clear, and easy to share with loved ones.

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.

Risks that could require earlier screening include:

  • Family history or colorectal cancer or polyps
  • An IBD diagnosis (Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis), or
  • Certain genetic cancer syndromes including Lynch Syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis, Gardner syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, and others.

It's your call. And it could save your life.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day

Attend the annual Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day at Columbia University Medical Center on Friday, March 23 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Physicians will be on hand to answer your questions about risk factors, screening, prevention, nutrition, new innovations, and more. This event is open to the public with our compliments, and all NYP employees, patients, family, and friends are invited!

This event will take place in the Milstein hospital lobby at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY, 10032.

For more information, please visit the event page or contact Deborah Schwarz at (212) 305-7013 or

Robert Burakoff, MDColon Cancer Screenings: What You Need to Know featuring Robert Burakoff, MD

Colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer, is a leading cause of death in the U.S., but can be prevented with early screenings. Join us on Wednesday, March 7 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. for a lecture by Dr. Robert Burakoff where he will cover what to expect from colorectal cancer screening, and the different ways to decrease your risk and even prevent colon cancer. Q&A time will be available during the session.

This event will take place at the NYP/Lower Manhattan Hospital outpatient practice, 156 William Street, 12th floor. This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to to reserve your seat. For more information, please visit the event page.


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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(CT) 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, every 3 years.
  • 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. However, not everyone is able to receive a colonoscopy, sometimes due to medical or other reasons. The best test is the one that gets done.
  • 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

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

For More Information

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Making That Call: Phone Numbers and Locations

To make an appointment for colon cancer screening in New York call NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at the numbers below 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 Irving 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]