Both houses of the legislature advanced their separate budget plans this week. As part of its plan, the New York State Assembly included the governor’s proposal to create a health exchange. The health exchange is the mechanism through which New Yorkers lacking health insurance, as well as small businesses, could obtain coverage. According to the US Census, nearly 3 million New Yorkers lack health insurance.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in New York. In 2011, nearly 10,000 new cases of colon cancer were diagnosed in New York State, and about 2,900 died of the disease.
It doesn’t need to be. The earlier colon cancer is found the better the chances of survival. The good news is that more people in New York are taking advantage of screening tools available; but a large percentage are still finding their colon cancers at a later stage. In New York, many colon cancers are still being detected at later stages when survival rates are lower.
A generation ago, smoking was the number one cancer menace in America. From the 1930s through the early 1960s, smoking was portrayed as glamorous. Advertisements even suggested that smoking was healthy. And those advertisements were everywhere. For those of you old enough to remember, cigarette companies even sponsored some of the most popular TV shows.
According to government statistics, that advertising blitz worked with nearly half of all adult Americans smoking by the mid-1960s.