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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Six tips to reduce your colon cancer risk

Published in Cancer Care, For the Health of It Author: Deb Perkins, RN, BSN

GI Cancer Coordinator
Coborn Cancer Center

The U.S. National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be more than 134,000 cases of colon cancer this year in the United States. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most common type of cancer.

Cancer and nutrition experts say that half of the colon cancer cases in the United States could be prevented if people followed six steps to reduce their risk, which include:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight and control belly fat, which has been linked to increased risk of colon cancer.
  2. Get regular moderate physical activity.
  3. Eat plenty of high-fiber foods.
  4. Reduce red meat consumption and avoid processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, sausage and deli meats.
  5. Avoid alcohol or limit your intake to no more than two standard drinks a day for men and one for women.
  6. Go heavy on the garlic. Evidence suggests that a diet rich in garlic reduces the risk of colon cancer.

Talk to your health care provider about colon cancer screening. If you have a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors, you may choose to have a screening before the recommended age of 50. Colon screenings can detect cancer in its early stages when it is potentially curable.

Colon Cancer Awareness Month Resources

  • Pick Up a Free Colon Cancer Screening Kit
  • Colon Cancer Patient Stories: Bill and Laurie