March is Colorectal Cancer Health Month
By Pamela Redwine
The Crochet Group will meet on Thursday, March 19 at 10 am. This is a laid-back group that enjoys sharing patterns and helping each other learn to do new projects – from baby blankets, to shawls and from beanies to scarfs they are all trying new and different things. Annual dues are $6 and participants will need to bring your choice of yarn and hook.
A 4-H Meeting is scheduled Thursday, March 19th at 4 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville. 4-H is open to youth ages 5-18. Please call the Extension Service to let us know your child will be attending.
Healthy You Exercise classes are free and continue meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wear cool, comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink. We will not exercise the week of March 30th.
The Yalobusha Cattle-men’s Association will meet on Thursday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Coffeeville. The program for this meeting will be minerals for livestock. The meeting is sponsored by Mississippi Land Bank. A meal will be served. Non-members please pay $5 per plate. Please call the Extension Office at 675-2730 by Wednesday, March 18 to let us know you will be attending.
Sewing for Service group will meet on Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building. The Ari’s Pillowcase Project is complete. Thank you for all your help and a new project will begin this day. The Extension Service has all supplies and equipment, we just need people to help us sew.
Mark your calendars – The forestry meeting that was cancelled due to ice on Thursday, March 12, has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m.
What is Colorectal Cancer?
Colorectal cancer is a cancer of the lower digestive system that starts in the colon or the rectum. The cancer begins with small, noncancerous tumors called polyps. Some of the polyps can become cancerous. If diagnosed and treated early, colorectal cancer is highly treatable.
How Common is
• It is the third most commonly occurring cancer in both men and women in the U.S.
• It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths.
• At least half of all cases could be prevented by regular testing.
Unfortunately, we do not know the cause of most colorectal cancers. Some factors that might increase your risk of developing the disease are a family history of colon cancer, a low-fiber/ high-fat diet, a sedentary low-activity lifestyle, smoking, and heavy use of alcohol. Some groups of people such as diabetics and African Americans are at greater risk than others.
What You Can Do To Lower your Risk of Colorectal Cancer
• Choose healthy foods and beverages for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
• Eat at least two and a half cups of vegetables and fruits each day.
• Choose whole grains.
• Limit red meats and processed meats (like hot dogs and cold cuts/deli meats)
•No more than two alcoholic drinks a day for men and one for women.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
• Be active- at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week, or a combination spread throughout the week.
• If you are 50 or older, get tested for colorectal cancer
• Talk with a doctor about which screening test is best for you.
• To find out if you need to start testing earlier or have more frequent tests, talk with a doctor about your medical history and your family history.
• Screening tests offer the best way to prevent colorectal cancer or to find it early. Finding cancer early gives you a better chance for successful treatment.
There are several tests that look inside the colon to find abnormal areas. If polyps are found, they can be removed before they turn into cancer, so these tests can prevent cancer.