- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is using $8 million in federal funding to expand screenings for colorectal cancer.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the move on Monday. The Democratic governor’s office says the state sees nearly 10,000 new cases of the disease and 3,000 colorectal cancer deaths each year.

The expanded screening program will focus on underserved and high-need areas in New York City, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester and the North Country. The screenings will be carried out by local health care providers. The money will also support efforts to promote screenings, which Cuomo notes can help doctors identify colorectal cancer early enough for successful treatment.

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