Maimonides Medical Center President Pamela Brier was joined by Representative Nydia Velazquez for a press conference at the Maimonides Cancer Center on March 18th to encourage more Hispanic Brooklynites to take advantage of a
program offering colon cancer screening and follow-up treatment to Brooklyn residents, regardless of their ability to pay.
Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer among Hispanics in Brooklyn and across the nation – but it is preventable and treatable if caught early. One of the most common barriers to getting screened is lack of coverage for the cost of the test. At Maimonides, patients without health insurance receive assistance in determining how to get coverage for testing. If no coverage is available, Maimonides covers the cost – including any follow-up treatment that may be needed.
Men and women over the age of 50 should have a colonoscopy every ten years. In Brooklyn, there are 650,000 men and women over the age of 50, an estimated 65% of whom have had a colonoscopy. Among uninsured Hispanics in Brooklyn, however, only 45% get screened.
The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program is on-going for all Brooklyn residents. If you would like more information, please call (718) 283-7352