Make That Call for Colon Cancer Screening: It Could Save Your Life

Katie Couric, NYC Department of Health and WCBS-TV Launch Citywide Campaign at NY-Presbyterian Hospital's Jay Monahan Center

Mar 1, 2011


In honor of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Katie Couric, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, WCBS-TV and The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital announced the launch of the "Make That Call" for colon cancer screening campaign. Also collaborating on this citywide initiative to increase colon cancer screening in New York City are the Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5), New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), American Cancer Society, Colon Cancer Alliance, Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation and Prevent Cancer Foundation.

From March 1 to March 14, the campaign will urge New Yorkers ages 50 and older to call their doctors and make an appointment to be screened for colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and in New York City. "Make That Call" will include public service announcements on WCBS-TV with CBS News anchor and managing editor Katie Couric, "The Doctors" host Dr. Travis Stork and WCBS-TV medical reporter Dr. Max Gomez.

To support this message, interactive educational posters will be displayed and will feature the city's 311 number as well as barcodes that allow smartphone users to connect to the website for more information. Participating businesses and organizations include the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library, which together include more than 200 library branches spanning every borough; Duane Reade; Juva Skin & Laser Center/MediSpa; New York Health & Racquet Club; and Talbots.

"With appropriate screening, colon cancer is often preventable and, when detected early, highly curable. We want New Yorkers to 'Make That Call' to their doctors to schedule their screening appointment, if not for themselves, then for the people who love them," says Katie Couric.

"We want to recognize our friend and founder of the Monahan Center Katie Couric for her extraordinary efforts to educate the public on the importance of colon cancer screening," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "We are delighted to work with her, WCBS-TV, the City of New York, and the other sponsors to make this campaign an overwhelming success."

"Everyone at CBS 2 New York is committed to supporting this important and no doubt life-saving campaign," says Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations and president and general manager of WCBS-TV. "We look forward to using the reach of New York's most-watched television station, plus, and working with Katie Couric, the City of New York and NewYork-Presbyterian to stress the importance of colon cancer screening."

"We cannot thank our campaign supporters and participating businesses enough for helping us get this important message out to New Yorkers: 'Make That Call' to your doctor. Make it today," says Dr. Mark B. Pochapin, director of The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, associate professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and co-chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of the Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition (C5).

For more information on colon cancer screening or the "Make That Call" campaign, visit

The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center is a world-class gastrointestinal cancer and wellness center. The Monahan Center serves as a unique model of coordinated and compassionate care, dedicated to public education and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, including cancers of the colon, rectum, pancreas, esophagus, gallbladder, stomach and small intestine. The Monahan Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell is located at the corner of 70th Street and York Avenue in New York City.


WCBS-TV is part of the CBS Television Stations group, a division of CBS Corporation.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,353 beds. The Hospital has nearly 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including more than 220,000 visits to its emergency departments — more than any other area hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For more information, visit

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