CDTA Goes Blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness

March 17, 2015

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) is once again joining with St. Peter’s Health Partners and New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Albany and Rensselaer Counties to promote “Main Streets Go Blue.” Main Streets Go Blue is a statewide initiative to raise awareness about colorectal cancer, which can be prevented with recommended screenings.

During the month of March, CSP staff will distribute free easy-to-use, take home screening kits at major CDTA bus stops for those residents ages 50 and older who qualify. New this year, CSP staff will be riding various CDTA routes March 17-18, to help educate riders about getting screened and to hand out kits.

“We are happy to continue our partnership with the Cancer Services Programs of Albany and Rensselaer Counties for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month,” states David M. Stackrow, CDTA Chairman of the Board. “Getting screened is vitally important when it comes to maintaining good health and we are glad to insure the best possible access to cancer screenings.”

CDTA customers and the general public are invited to talk with CSP staff about colorectal cancer prevention with the option of picking up a free screening kit for those that qualify. Women aged 40 and older that qualify can also schedule appointments for breast and cervical cancer screening. Anyone who completes cancer screenings through the Cancer Services Program will receive a free CDTA day pass while supplies last.