‘Get screened’

North Bergen declares March 2020 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in honor of Robert Ceragno

A digital rendering of colorectal cancer
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A digital rendering of colorectal cancer

North Bergen has declared March 2020 as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the North Bergen Board of Commissioners passed a proclamation declaring the awareness month in honor of North Bergen resident Bob Ceragno.

Ceragno is a prominent local business owner in town, who survived colorectal cancer and has dedicated himself to raising awareness for this potentially life-threatening disease.

It was an early screening that identified the disease in Ceragno, owner of Eye Contact Vision Center in North Bergen. The early screening allowed him to get life-saving treatment several years ago.

The American Cancer Society indicates that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among men and women, and is expected to cause about 50,630 deaths during 2020.

Colorectal cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and more than 90 percent of cases occur in people who are 45 years old or older.

According to the American Cancer Society, regular colorectal cancer screening, beginning at age 45, is the key to prevention. Colorectal cancer may be prevented, since screening may detect abnormal precancerous growths and can also find early stages of cancer, when there is a greater chance that treatment will be most effective and lead to a cure.

The good health and well-being of the residents of North Bergen are enhanced as a direct result of increased awareness about colorectal cancer and research into early detection, causes, and effective treatments.

At the meeting, Sacco thanked Ceragno for his courage and dedication for raising awareness on the issue in North Bergen and nationwide.

In turn, Ceragno thanked the mayor and the township as well as the North Bergen Police Department for their support. His message to everyone was short and simple and could save a life.

“Get screened,” Ceragno told everyone at the Board of Commissioners Meeting.

Each year, the NBPD partners with Ceragno for “No Shave November.”

Shave-off

Since fighting off cancer, Ceragno has been a vigorous advocate for Fight CRC, an organization dedicated to raising money for research and awareness about colorectal cancer (CRC). He has sponsored No-Shave November and the annual Shave-Off for the past three years.

Each year, “No Shave November” concludes with a “Shave-Off” event with North Bergen’s finest barbers.

The “Shave-Off” saw numerous participants file up, take their seats in the barber chair, and walk away clean-shaven.

Officers in the North Bergen Police Department participate in the fundraiser yearly, growing their beards and contributing to Fight CRC.

Police Chief Robert Dowd strongly encouraged police officers to participate in the drive as part of his focus on health and well-being in the department.

In 2019, Ceragno said that $10,000 was raised between the NBPD, Guttenberg PD, North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, Englewood Hospital, and others.

Although CRC is the number-two cancer killer among men and women combined in the U.S., the disease is treatable if caught early. The NBPD echoes Ceragno’s urges for everyone to get screenings early and often.

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