Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Studies suggest that timely colonoscopy could prevent between 76 percent and 90 percent of all cases. Although colon cancer death rates are falling in New York City, colon cancer still kills thousands in New York state every year. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if more people had colonoscopies starting at age 50 (or 40 for those with a family history of colon cancer).
The information presented here shows that over a five-year period (2008-2012), more than 106,000 New Yorkers had a colonoscopy at an HHC hospital. During the same period, nearly 22,000 people had colon polyps removed at an HHC hospital before they developed into colon cancer.
Through city-wide colon cancer awareness campaigns HHC has aggressively urged New Yorkers who are 50 and over to get a colonoscopy. HHC tracks the number of colonoscopies that are done each year, as a way to monitor our outreach efforts to ensure that patients are screened according to national recommendations.
2008 - 2012
Patients with Colon Polyps Removed
2008 - 2012
* Due to Hurricane Sandy no colonscopies were performed at Bellevue or Coney Island
hospitals October 29, 2012 - December 31, 2012