Last year NY1's Roma Torre underwent a routine screening colonoscopy and was diagnosed with colon cancer.
Now cancer-free, Roma is joining with NY1 this month to promote New York City’s Colon Cancer Awareness campaign, to urge all New Yorkers age 50 and older to call their doctors to get a colonoscopy.
Getting screened for colon cancer can help prevent colon cancer — or detect it early when it's highly curable.
If you’re 50 or older, please call your doctor to get your colonoscopy.
Roma did it, and it saved her life. It could save your life, too.
For more information on colon cancer screening, call 311 or visit c5nyc.org/yourturn.
When Roma was diagnosed with colon cancer in the summer of 2014, she began recording a video diary of her ordeal.
This month, Roma is sharing her experience to encourage others to get screened as part of New York City's Colon Cancer Awareness campaign. The clips below are expanded versions of those seen in the report running this week on NY1.
@NY1 bc of my family history I'm at more than a 30% higher risk than the average person. had 1st colonoscopy at 25. early detection!— tara. (@taraturtell) March 2, 2015
@NY1 don't forget about early screening pre-50 for those at higher risk! if my dad had waited til 50 he would have died.— tara. (@taraturtell) March 2, 2015
NY1 is working with the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition, the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, and the American Cancer Society to remind all New Yorkers age 50 and over get screened for this preventable disease.
Tune to NY1 and visit this page all month long for special reports on the importance of colon cancer screening.