White Plains Hospital 2016-2017






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White Plains Hospital regularly provides health education and screenings, partnering with the Thomas H. Slater Center, Mariano Rivera and the Refuge of Hope Congregation, and many other groups with the goal of improving health in the community.
In 2016, White Plains Hospital became the first hospital in Westchester to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the “80% by 2018” initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by the ACS and CDC). While colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer- related deaths, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon during colonoscopy, before they become cancerous. But only 1 in 3 Americans who are eligible for screening gets a colonoscopy (recommended starting at age 50 for people
at average risk). White Plains Hospital has enlisted medical and nursing sta  and other employees to explain the benefits of screening to people over age 50 who have never been screened. Those people then pledge to speak with more people to help spread the word and increase screening rates. The goal is to have 80% of people eligible for colon cancer screening actually getting these early detection tests by 2018.
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