Life expectancy for those diagnosed with cancer has improved in recent years, but, not everyone in Western New York has benefitted.

African-Americans and Hispanics are still more often diagnosed with cancer in later stages when cure is less likely.

NOW U KNOW, so take steps to protect yourself. Spend just one day to check your risk level and find out if cancer screening is right for you. Find more information below or request more information about our screening and cancer treatment services.

Colorectal Screening Saves Lives

Colorectal cancer affects African Americans more than any other racial group in the U.S. Thankfully, this cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable types of cancer. But, you have to get screened.

  • Screening should start at age 50 for most, but earlier if you’re at higher risk and have a family history of the disease. Learn about risk factors.
  • About 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are at least 50 years old. This and African American race are two risk factors for this disease. If you fall within these groups, get screened!
  • Regular screening can, in many cases, prevent colorectal cancer entirely. Early problems can be found and removed during the screening before they develop into cancer.


NOW U KNOW Information & Support

Our tip sheet and resources page offer information about NOW U KNOW programs and cancer screening at Roswell Park.

NOW U KNOW Networking

Contact the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research (OCHDR) to find out how to bring our community-based services and educational programs to your area. Download past issues of Community Connections, the OCHDR's newsletter.

NOW U KNOW Connections

Cancer affects the African American community more than any other group. Your friends and neighbors share their personal stories about our community approach to cancer prevention, detection and care in underserved populations.

The mission of the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research is to reduce, eliminate and prevent cancer disparities in vulnerable populations through trans-disciplinary research and programs.

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Issues & Views


Who is at high risk for lung cancer? Mary Reid, PhD, discusses Roswell Park's Lung Cancer Screening Program on the Issues & Views radio program. The broadcast aired November 15, 2015 on 93.7 WBLK, 92.9 Jack FM, 106.5 WYRK and Mix 96.