THE BRONX - The staff at Montefiore Medical Center held a public event today as part of National Colorectal Cancer Month.

The event was held to educate people about the importance of early detection and undergoing a colonoscopy every few years.

Health officials say that in most cases, the cancer develops slowly over several years and can be easily treated if found early. 

Doctors urge people over 50 to get a colonoscopy every five to 10 years.

For interviews on the Montefiore event, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.