Decked out in their finest blue wears (the color long associated with promoting awareness of the disease), Adams and staff presented a proclamation to Dan Foster, a Gerritsen Beach resident and 19-year survivor of colorectal cancer who has raised over $185,000 for various cancer organizations through his work as Brooklyn Ambassador for the Colon Cancer Alliance.
“The biggest thing is getting tested early,” said Foster, who was diagnosed at 45, relatively young for the disease. “Get tested at 45, or 35 if a relative has been diagnosed. Don’t wait for a sign, because the biggest sign can be none.”
As part of awareness month, the first Friday in March was designated “Dress in Blue Day.” The following Saturday night, Borough Hall was lit in blue to raise awareness, particularly among seniors.
“Colon cancer is preventable,” said Adams. “People often times think [colonoscopies] are too intrusive, when in fact modern medicine has made it more comfortable.”
The borough president underscored that point the next day, when he was screened himself.