[Xilinx](http://www.xilinx.com/), a maker of programmable chips, has joined other Santa Clara County companies in creating a *Colon Cancer Free Zone*. The company is providing seminar and internal website information to help their workers learn about the risks, tests, and treatments for colorectal cancer.
In addition, the company insurance coverage has been expanded to cover the full range of screening tests for colorectal cancer, including the more expensive colonoscopy.
According to an article in the October 21, 2005 issue of the [San Jose Mercury-News](http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/12959457.htm) Xilinx Vice-President Steve Haynes and other company executives had themselves screened for colorectal cancer and made the results public. `We declared ourselves *colon cancer free* to lead the way,” Haynes told the *Mercury News.*
Earlier this year Xilinx joined several other [Silicon Valley companies](http://www.embeddedstar.com/press/content/2005/8/embedded18726.html) to support the American Cancer Society effort to promote colorectal cancer awareness in [Santa Clara County](http://www.lizkniss.org/proclamations/2004/ColonCancer.html),
In 2003 oncologist Dr. Richard Androuny, author of [Understanding Colorectal Cancer,](http://www.upress.state.ms.us/catalog/spring2002/understanding_colon_cancer.html) urged the California city of Monte Serano in Santa Clara County to become a colon cancer free zone and raise awareness of colorectal cancer and its prevention.