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Richmond University Medical Center Gives Local Court Employees Peace of Mind

November 25, 2019 – On November 15, Richmond University Medical Center supported the health of court employees by providing prostate cancer tests and colon cancer screenings at the court house, located at 26 Center Street in St. George. The screenings and tests were arranged in partnership with the New York State Court Officers Association.

Over 70 court employees were tested for prostate cancer or had colon cancer screenings. Individuals found to be at high risk for colon cancer were provide with take home FIT kits. In addition to the screenings, Richmond University Medical Center’s board certified chair of urology, Dr. Joseph Motta, provided a seminar on common urological conditions, prostate cancer and treatment for male sexual health issues.

According to the American Cancer Society, from 2011 to 2015, Staten Island has had the highest rate of new cancer cases in New York City. However, the death rate from cancer is similar to the rest of New York City and in fact lower than the national rate, suggesting that in Staten Island cancers are being diagnosed early and effectively treated.

“We commend the New York State Court Officers Association for taking the steps to ensure its members had access to screenings that may save their lives,” president of Richmond University Health Network and chief administration officer, Richard Salhany said. “It is an honor to partner with them and to provide peace of mind to those who had screenings and tests conducted.”