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PAGE 8 THE PRESS FEBRUARY 29, 2012 ]Dress iiJa ]Bl[u00e DaSv March is Co|orecta| Cancer Awareness Month WALSH COUNTY, N.D. --A"silent killer" is on the loose. Each year, it takes the lives of about 140 in- nocent North Dakotans. This killer is not picky ... it takes the lives of men and women of all ages. The silent killer's name is colorectal cancer. Col- orectal cancer often is called a silent killer because many signs and symptoms do not appear until later stages of the disease when treatment options are less effective. On Friday, March 2, 2012, a very important day for raising awareness of colorectal cancer will be taking place across the nation. It's called Dress in Blue Day.Individuals, businesses and community groups are all encouraged to participate in Dress in Blue Day, by encouraging friends, family, co-workers, and other members of their organization to wear blue. According to the North Dakota Cancer Coalition, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women in North Dakota. Colorectal cancer statistics • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer incidence in N.D. (1998-2007 N.D. State Cancer Registry) and third leading cause of death in ND (2004-2008 N.D. Vital Statistics). • Colorectal cancer accounts for 400 new diag- noses, with approximately 140 dying each year. • If everybody age 50 and older had regular screen- ing tests, at least 60% of deaths could be avoided (from CDC Screen for Life). • Estimated cost of treating colorectal cancer in 2004 was $18.5 naillion. • Approximately 42% of the age-appropriate pop- ulation ever received a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy in 2008 (BRFSS data). • Colorectal cancer is at least 80% preventable when detected early. Colorectal cancer risk factors • Colorectal cancer often has no symptom at all un- til it's at an advanced stage. • Both men and women can get colorectal cancer. • Colorectal cancer is most often found in people 50 and older. • Risk increases with age. • Risk increases with family history. • Risk increases if you have inflammatory bowel disease. • You canreduce your risk through regular screen- ing. Dress in Blue Day was started in March of 2006 by a Colon Cancer Alliance volunteer and survivor, Anita Mitchell. In an effort to raise awareness about the im- portance of screening, Anita worked with her chil- dren's local k-8 Catholic school and parents to coor- dinate a recognition day. On that day, students, who normally wore a uniform to school, were allowed to wear blue if they donated a dollar to colon cancer re- search. To promote the event, Anita sent a notice to each of the 500 families at the school, letting them know about the special day and included some simple screening guidelines for the parents. When the children came to school on Dress in Blue Day they were each given a blue ribbon, signifying their participation. Colon cancer is a very preventable disease, but if not treated soon enough, it can also be very deadly. Communicate to everyone you know about colorec- tal cancer and help raise awareness about this disease during colorectal cancer awareness month in March, and continue through the year. Each word you say, or every action you take, could help, or even save a life. DIGITAL LENDING FROM books available to them via a library or digitally. They respond to public opinion. To begin borrowing, visit your local library and receive a barcode. Using a personal computer or one at the library, visit http://ndlibrary2go.lib.over- drive.com and find your library under the Partici- pating Libraries link. Once signed in with the barcode given at the library, the borrowing may begin. An e-reader is not required to borrow digital books. Patrons may use their own computer at home to do so as well. The application needed to run on a computer, iPad, or iPhone is Over- Drive®MediaConsole TM. PAGE 1 Assistance can be found on the web site under Help or visit the Park River Public Library, located at the Park River School, Door 2, where Kovarik and Tami Lund, City Librarian are available to as- sist. Library hours during the school year are Mon. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Tues. Wed. Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; and Closed Mon-Fri from 11:25 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. and all day Sunday. More informati,n may be found at www.parkriver.k 12.n d.us or call 701-284-6116. Johnson joins the First United Bank, First Hnlted Insurance A,g team PARK RIVER, N.D. -- First United Bank has hired Dan Johnson as a vice president and ag lender. He will also work for First United Insurance as a crop insurance agent. Johnson has more than 15 years of experience dealing with ag banking and crop insurance in the Red River Valley. He will work mainly out of First United Bank's Hoople and Grafton, North Dakota, offices. A longtime i:sident of the local area, Johnson is active in the community as a member of the Valley-Edinbur, School Board and Grafton Vocational Center Board. He is also a past chairman of the North Dakota Bankers Ag Committee. Johnson has an agricultural economics degree from North Dakota State University. "We are thrilled to have Dan join our ag team," says Steve Rehovsky, president of First United Bank. "He's been helping the local farm community for more than a decade and has worked through a lot of the ups and downs of the ag industry firsthand. His experience and practical approach will be of great value to our cus;tomers." "'Dan has a tremendous amount of experience in crop insurance," says Larry Hauser, president of Fir,t United Insurance. "We are glad to have him on board and excited to be able to offer his expertise to our customers." First United Bank has locations in Park River, Adams, Michigan, Grztflon, Hoople and Crystal, ND. First United Insurance has locations in Park River, Adams,: Grtfton and Hoople, ND. f Polar Communications donates $25,000 to First Care Endowment Fund PARK RIVER -- Polar Communications Board of Directors recently approved a donation to First Care Health Center's Endowment Fund in the amount of $25,000. The donation was directed to the First Care Health Center Charitable Endowment Fund at Dakota Medical Foundation which was established recently by First Care Health Center. Contributions to the this fund will be used to support health-related charitable initiatives, programs, and projects in support of the Mission of First Care Health Center, with an emphasis on access to healthcare and improving the health of the people in the Park River region. Through the generosity of Polar • Communication's $25,000.00 donation to the First Care Health Center Charitable Endowment Fund Dakota Medical Foundation provided a $4,000 match. Polar is proud to continue to support facilities that are vital to the health care in our rural area. Above: L to R: Louise Dryburgh, CEO First Care Health Center; Ike Meberg, Polar Communications Director; and Jay Skorheim, First Care Health Center Board Chair. (Photo: Submitted) J Health & Welilness Fair "Healthy, Wealthy & Wise" Making Wise Investments Fc,r A Healthier Future Thurs. 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