Hope for the Scope set for Thursday

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Join the Person County Extension service at its “Hope for the Scope” event from 5:30 - 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at Piedmont Community College, Room S-100. There will be a panel discussion with local surgeons and gastroenterologists as well as some stories from people in the community who have been affected by colon cancer. There will be some colon healthy food, door prizes, educational booths and much more.

When people hear the word cancer, most think about breast or even lung cancer. Colon cancer has been the second leading cause of death in North Carolina and it is largely preventable.

Both Person and Granville counties have too many cases of late-stage colorectal cancer being diagnosed and this cancer is largely preventable. It is estimated that 40 out of 100 deaths from late-stage colorectal cancer are preventable if all adults aged 50 and older were routinely screened. Risk factors for colon cancer are increasing age, colorectal polyps, overweight and obesity, family history, type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammatory conditions and tobacco use.

The reason to get screened is that the screening looks for precancerous polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a growth that should not be there and over time, some of those polyps can turn into cancer. Screening can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. The best and only way we recommend to get screened is by having a colonoscopy. During this procedure, a long, thin, flexible lighted tube checks for polyps or cancer inside the rectum and entire colon. During this procedure, the doctor can remove any polyps they find while they are in there.

Blueberry sale

Person County 4-H will be selling blueberry plants again this year. Consider supporting our program as this fundraiser will support camp scholarships and programming for the youth in Person County.

Each blueberry plant comes in a one-gallon container and is $8 each. This year we are offering five different varieties of blueberries:

• Climax

• Legacy

• Powder Blue

• Premier

• Tifblue

Orders and payment are due by 5 p.m., Thursday, March 28.

For more information about ordering and pick-up, contact Michelle Van Ness at 336-599-1195.

Lunch ’n Learn

Being physically active has many benefits in life and can help your heart health and chronic disease management. From noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, the N.C. Cooperative Extension Person County Center will host a “Get Ready, Start Moving” Lunch N’ Learn workshop to help teach you about the four types of exercise recommended, how much is recommended, and some tools to help you get started and stay on track. The cost for all of the Lunch N’ Learn workshops is $5 each and includes a healthy lunch. You must pre-register and pre-pay for this event by the Friday before the workshop. For more information or to get on the contact list for our events, contact FCS agent Jennifer Grable at 336-599-1195 or jennifer_grable@ncsu.edu.

Calendar of events

March 20 Soil Fumigant
Applicator Training

March 21 Auxin Herbicide Training

March 21 Hope For The Scope

March 25-28 NC Safe Plates

March 28 Blueberry Orders Due

April 5 Steak Fundraiser

April 9 Lunch N’ Learn

April 16-17 Livestock Show and Sale

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