SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Crouse Hospital is one of many local businesses participating in Downtown Syracuse Goes Blue by illuminating its clock tower with large blue lights. Crews installed the special lights Wednesday morning.
The initiative is being launched in March to bring awareness of colorectal cancer to communities around New York. This type of cancer is the third most common cancer and a major leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
"Colorectal cancer rates are on the rise, however, if detected and treated early, survival rates are very, very good. The cancer services program is doing a series of seminars and health fairs throughout the month of March to create awareness for this medical condition and also get people in to get screened and to really just ask questions," said Bob Allen, Vice President of Communications.
Allen said many people don't realize that a colorectal cancer screening is free whether someone has insurance or not.