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Now is the Time to Get Screened!

Posted on June 12, 2015

Did you know more than 18,000 African Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year? Unfortunately, this community also has higher colon cancer death rates than any other racial group. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Screening saves lives and there’s no time like the present, so we’ve teamed up with the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) to launch Now is the Time—our new church-based initiative that’s all about preventing colon cancer by increasing screening rates among African Americans. With Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. joining as Honorary Chair, we’re prepared to tackle this issue head on.

Now is the Time will kick off on June 14 with Colon Cancer Prevention Sunday at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. The service will feature a health sermon on preventing colon cancer by Pastor Perry Simmons, Jr. and Reverend Anthony Evans, President of NBCI. Congressman Payne will also share some inspirational words.

More than three hundred New Jersey churches will also participate in the launch, but we’re not stopping there. We’ll continue to preach the importance of prevention at many churches throughout New Jersey and remind everyone that now is the time! And the message is catching on—just take a look at this NJTV News video about colon cancer rates for African Americans to learn more about why this initiative is so important. 

Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about colon cancer screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help.


2 Responses to “Now is the Time to Get Screened!”

  1. Patricia Davis says:

    For the pass several years I have worked with an AA colorectal cancer project in Alameda County,located in the BAy Area of California. The project is a National Cancer Institute-Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities funded project. Named the Alameda County Cancer Network Project with a goal or reaching the AA faith community to educate about colorectal cancer. Some of the activites included conducting focus groups to develop a colorectal cancer brochure for the AA community and produce four DVD’s with digital stories from a minister, a brother and two health ministries memebers. I would like to find out if I could share the brochure and digital stories for consideration for use during the NOW is the TIME campaign. Please let me know who I should contact to discuss this further. The project is now in the dissemination phase and I thought this would be an excellent way to share with other AA faith communities.
    For March I contacted the Alliance about incentives and was sent blue braclets which we distributed to members alone with the brochure to members of our church partners. During the month of March churches designated a Sunday to discuss colorectal cancer and the importance of screening showed PSA’s made by each AA ministers for their congregation. The blue bracelets were a big hit. When I asked about the incentives I mentioned the digital stories and asked if there was a way to get them on the website. I didn’t recieve an answer. However, I think sharing with the churches participating in the Now is the TIme campaign would be great.
    I would be happy to send a sample copy of the brochure and send the website for viewing the digital stories. the stories are posted on the State Colon Cancer Control website. I look forward to hearing from you.

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