Staff at both Southside and Huntington hospitals, members of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, wore blue on March 7 in recognition of March’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and National Go Blue Day.
As part of the day-long, spirited event, hospital staff sported blue clothing and provided patients with valuable information regarding early detection screenings and the various treatment options that are available. Additional events in observance of the month include community education presentations.
“Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country – second only to lung cancer. Additionally, colon cancer affects men and women equally,” said David Rivadeneira, MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS, Vice Chair, Suffolk County Surgical Strategic Initiatives for the North Shore-LIJ Health System and a board certified colorectal surgeon at Southside and Huntington hospitals.
Doctors say three out of five deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented with regular screening. Tests help find growths before they get too large or before the cancer spreads to other areas of the body.
“If a person is diagnosed with colorectal cancer during the early stages, the outcomes are usually excellent, with 95 percent survival after surgery,” Dr. Rivadeneira said.
So, “Go Blue for March” and talk to your healthcare provider about getting screened for colon cancer. If you’re at average risk for colorectal cancer, start getting screened at age 50. If you have family history, you may need to start regular screening at age 40 and African American patients should begin screening at 45. The best time to get screened is before you have any symptoms.
Southside Hospital a member of North Shore-LIJ Health System – and only the second tertiary hospital within Suffolk County – offers centers of excellence in cardiology, orthopedics and neurosciences as well as women’s health services. Southside offers North Shore-LIJ's cardiac surgery program with a state of the art hybrid operating room. The Cushing Neuroscience Institute at Southside includes a comprehensive Spine Center, an Epilepsy Center and a state-designated, Gold Plus Award Stroke Center. The North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute at Southside Hospital specializes in multidisciplinary orthopedic care for the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders. Southside Hospital is the only Long Island hospital that has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for four rehabilitation programs including inpatient, stroke, brain injury and outpatient rehabilitation. Among these programs is the highly respected Regional Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation.
Huntington Hospital established in 1916, is a full-service, 408-bed nonprofit hospital serving Huntington Township and surrounding communities. A member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Huntington Hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and specialized healthcare services, and strives to improve the health and quality of life for the people and communities it serves by providing world-class service and patient-centered care. Visit www.hunthosp.org.