Monday, March 23, 2015

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The Center for Disease Control states that among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.


How Can You Reduce Your Risk?

The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. It is one of the most detectable and treatable forms of cancer, and more than 90 percent of all cases can be prevented with recommended screening. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines.
 
If you're 50 years old or older or have a family history of colon cancer, getting a screening test for colorectal cancer could save your life. Here's how—
  • Colorectal cancer screening helps find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. In this way, colorectal cancer is prevented.

  • Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment often leads to a cure.
Read more about prevention, symptoms, and treatment from these sites:
Preventable. Treatable. Beatable.

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

In March we celebrate Irish history. 

Check out some of our books on Ireland, Irish writers and literature, the influence of Irish music and the history of Irish immigrants and people in America.

  Click here to view a list of titles from Waggoner library.  

 

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine
warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft
upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you 
in the palm of His hand.

                                                                                                              -An old Irish proverb