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National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Events

Churches and Barber Shops Go Blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The Cancer Services Program of Monroe County, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Center for Community Health & Prevention, is on a mission in March to make the community healthier. In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it is partnering with Rochester-area church congregations, local barber shops and a large group of supportive community partners to spread the word that cancer screening and early detection saves lives.

Immaculate Conception Church in Cornhill was the first church to launch the Churches Go Blue initiative. They will be joined by:

  • Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
  • The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene
  • In Christ New Hope Ministry
  • Joint Heirs Kingdom Ministries,
  • Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church,
  • Baber AME Church,
  • Memorial AME Zion Church, and
  • Trinity Interfaith Church

In addition, the following barbershops will Go Blue:

  • Clippers Barbershop on Hudson Ave.,
  • Above Average on N. Goodman
  • Junior’s on W. Main St.
  • Ronnie’s Kid Kuts on Clifford
  • Andre’s Unisex Salon on N. Goodman
  • Q’s Place on North St.
  • Goodmen Barbershop on Clifford
  • Tre’s Place
  • Changing Faces on Culver


Early detection is perhaps the most important weapon in the fight against colon cancer. The Cancer Services Program of Monroe County recommends that all men and women age 50 and older get screened for colorectal cancer. People with a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or colorectal polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) or those with other high-risk conditions should talk to their health care provider about beginning regular screening at an earlier age. 

For people who need assistance paying for their cancer screenings, the Cancer Services Program of Monroe County may provide assistance. Call (585) 224-3070 for information.

CSP-MC is the only comprehensive breast, cervical and colorectal cancer prevention and screening program in Monroe County. This state-funded program pays for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings for eligible men and women facing a financial barrier due to inadequate health insurance.