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Colorectal cancer awareness month Go Blue this March The American Cancer Society and CSEA urge everyone to “Go Blue” this March to help raise awareness about colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer — cancer that begins in the colon or rectum — is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers. It is estimated that one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime. Colorectal cancer often can be prevented. Regular screening can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. All people ages 50 and older should get screened for colorectal cancer. Although this disease can occur at any age, most people who develop colorectal cancer are over age 50. In addition, people with a personal or family history of colon polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) or colon cancer, or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, are at higher risk for developing colorectal cancer. People at higher risk for colorectal cancer may need earlier or more frequent tests than other people; these individuals should talk to their doctor about when to begin screening and how often they should be tested. National Dress in Blue Day is Friday, March 6, and many towns and cities will be lighting their main streets blue to promote awareness and hosting screening events for men and women ages 50 and older who do not have health insurance. To learn more about Colorectal Cancer Awareness month events in your area, call at 1-866-442-2262 or visit www.health.ny.gov/ cancerservicesprogram. Additional information about colorectal cancer can be found at www.nyhealth.gov/coloncancer at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov/cancer/ colorectal/ or by contacting the American Cancer Society at www. cancer.org/colon or calling 1-800-227-2345. Skills for Success courses offered CSEA members employed by New York state, local government agencies and the private sector have opportunities to take Skills for Success training courses offered by the NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training. Course participation, as space permits, by CSEA-represented employees in local government agencies, school districts, state authorities and the private sector is sponsored by the CSEA WORK Institute. Skills for Success courses provide employees with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to accomplish job assignments more effectively. More than 100 classes in 43 course topic areas are scheduled statewide from February through June 2015. The training is available at no cost to employees or agencies. All courses are held at conveniently located training sites. In order to increase participation in courses while eliminating time away from the office and travel expenses, the Partnership is offering 12 classes using the webinar format. Eligibility Employees are eligible to participate in Partnership courses if they are a: • CSEA-represented New York state employee (ASU/02, OSU/03, ISU/04, or DMNA/47). • CSEA-represented employee working in local government agencies, school districts, state authorities or the private sector, as space permits. For more information A web catalog of the Skills for Success courses is available on the Partnership’s website at www.nyscseapartnership.org. For more information about Skills for Success courses, call 518-486-7814 or, for areas outside the Capital Region, call 1-800-253-4332, or email at learning@nyscseapartnership.org. 14 The Work Force February 2015


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