MeritCare Invites Public to Walk Through a Colon ndash and Prevent Cancer

What can you do to prevent colorectal cancer? Start by taking a walk through a colon – an 8-foot tall, 20-foot long Prevent Cancer Super Colon ™!

What can you do to prevent colorectal cancer? Start by taking a walk through a colon – an 8-foot tall, 20-foot long Prevent Cancer Super Colon ™! Now traveling the nation, this interactive educational exhibit will be in Fargo on Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, in conjunction with a public education event offered by MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center. All activities take place at Ramada Plaza Suites, 1635 42nd St. S.W.

The second leading cancer killer in the United States, colorectal cancer is largely preventable. Screenings for early detection and lifestyle choices make a key difference. MeritCare offers two opportunities for the public to get the inside track:

* Tour the Super Colon – Friday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Stop by for an up-close, personal look inside the colon. What does healthy tissue look like? What are polyps? How can cancer be prevented? See for yourself! On Friday evening, Dr. Erik Fetner, MeritCare colorectal surgeon, and Cancer Center staff will be available to answer questions.

* Saturday morning public education event
MeritCare professionals provide the latest information on steps you can take to prevent colorectal cancer. At 9 a.m. Dr. Stephen Spellman, gastroenterologist, gives an overview on the fight against colorectal cancer. At 10 a.m. Jay Taylor, certified tobacco treatment specialist, discusses smoking cessation. At 11 a.m. Cathy Breedon, clinical nutrition specialist, talks about the role of nutrition in preventing colorectal cancer.

All activities are free and open to the public.

Statistics about colorectal cancer in the United States:
*Approximately 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are detected each year.
* One in 19 people will develop colorectal cancer over a lifetime.
* Approximately 50,000 people a year are expected to die from colorectal cancer.

More about MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center:
* Fully accredited and nationally recognized, the Cancer Center is a leader in the region in providing complete care for all types of cancer, including colorectal.
* A multidisciplinary approach ensures patients have access to the wide range of treatment options, including clinical trials, minimally invasive surgical approaches and advanced radiation therapy techniques.
* Throughout the year, the Cancer Center offers free community events that emphasize prevention, early detection and education.