Jersey City Medical Center Urges Adults to Get Screened for Colon Cancer

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Michael Pham

Dr. Michael Pham, Medical Director, Ambulatory Surgery at Jersey City Medical Center, with the New Olympus 190 scopes, with high definition monitors, plus CO2 insufflation

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month – a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. When colorectal cancer is found at an early stage before it has spread, the 5-year relative survival rate is about 90 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. But, only about 4 of 10 colorectal cancers are found at this early stage.

Jersey City Medical Center urges adults to talk to their doctor about their risk factors and screening options. If you are 50 years of age or older, this is the perfect time to get checked for colon cancer. It is also recommended to get screened if you have a family history of colon cancer.

With that in mind, you can conveniently schedule a colonoscopy – a routine procedure for colorectal cancer screening -- at Jersey City Medical Center Ambulatory Surgery Center (JCMC ASC). The facility has the most advanced endoscopy suite in Hudson County, with state of the art endoscopes along with high definition monitors to better detect any pre-cancerous tissue. In addition, JCMC ASC provides carbon dioxide insufflation that minimizes discomfort post procedure. Other facilities use air, which may result in increased bloating and gas. The extremely clinically experienced staff members treat every patient safely, efficiently, and with respect -- like taking care of one of their own family members.

To schedule a colonoscopy screening at Jersey City Medical Center’s Ambulatory Surgery Center, please call (201) 878-3200. If you don’t have a Gastroenterologist, please contact JCMC ASC for a referral to an experienced physician who can screen you for cancer.

About Jersey City Medical Center:
The Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a modern 316-bed teaching hospital located on a campus overlooking the Statue of Liberty and NY Harbor, conveniently located near major highways, PATH, bus and light rail stops on campus. A not-for-profit hospital, JCMC is a state-designated Regional Trauma Center with more than 16,000 admissions and 90,000 Emergency Department visits annually. JCMC has been redesignated the Magnet Certification for Nursing Excellence for a third consecutive time in 2017, the only medical center in Hudson, Essex or Union counties to achieve this honor, and has received the highest-grade level “A” for safety for 13 reporting periods during 2012-2018. RWJBarnabas Health and Jersey City Medical Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. The medical center is also a state-designated stroke center, a regional comprehensive cardiac center, a perinatal intensive care center, and a regional level 3 neonatal intensive care unit for critically ill newborns. JCMC, a provider of Advanced Life Support for Hudson County, runs 911 Medical Call Screening for Hudson County and operates one of the state’s busiest EMS systems. In addition, Jersey City Medical Center is a major provider of behavioral health services, including 24/7 psychiatric emergency/crisis screening programs.

CONTACT: Sharon Ambis