Multiple risk factors can increase chance of disease

Published 5:04 pm Saturday, November 5, 2011

A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease, such as cancer.

Different cancers have different risk factors. For example, exposing skin to strong sunlight is a risk factor for skin cancer. Smoking is a risk factor for cancers of the lung, mouth, larynx (voice box), bladder, kidney, and several other organs.

Your body weight is a risk factor for cancers of the colon, breast (postmenopausal), endometrium (the lining of the uterus), kidney and esophagus. Some studies have also reported links between body weight and cancers of the gallbladder, ovaries and pancreas.

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Dr. Margot Cleary leader of the Nutrition and Metabolism section at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic will be visiting the Senior Center Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. She will be talking to us about how weight impacts your risk of cancer.

To sign up for this informative class stop by the Senior Center front desk or call 433-2370 ext. 3. Walk-ins are welcome.


Upcoming Events

Monday: Blood pressure checks, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Bridge) 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Hormel breakfast (pancakes, sausage), 9 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4 p.m.; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba, 5:30 p.m.; Movie: “Rain Man,” 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Wood Carvers, 8:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; Mac Degen Support, 10 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Cribbage,  Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; Hormel Institute (cancer class), 5:30 p.m.

Thursday: SilverSneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; eye care clinic, 11:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle), 12:30 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.; Open Chess, 1 p.m.; Computer Class, 2 p.m.; Hearing aid clinic, 3:15 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4 p.m.; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba, 5:30 p.m.

Friday: Closed for Veterans Day Semcac dining is open

Weekly Card Results

Monday Bridge

Oct. 24, three tables

1st David Solomonson, 2nd Arnie Lang, 3rd Loretta Nelson, 4th Mabel Vaale, 5th John Allen

Tuesday “500”

Oct. 25, three tables

1st Lois Anderson, 2nd Beulah Luthe, 3rd Jerry Downing, 4th Helen Broitzman

Tuesday Afternoon Bridge

Oct. 25, five and a half tables

1st Bud Higgins, 1st Jim Fisher; 2nd Marge Blaser, 2nd Joyce Crowe; 3rd Harriet Oldenburg, 3rd Betty Jorgenson; 4th  Larry Crowe, 4th Dick Hansen; 5th Dave Solomonson, 5th Jon Allen

Friday Bridge

Oct. 28, four tables

1st Russ Vaale, 2nd Harriet Oldenberg, 3rd Mary Johnsen, 4th Betty Jorgenson, 5th Vandy Newman


Elaine Reynolds

Weekly “500”

Oct. 28, three tables

1st  Mildred Ballantyne, 2nd Willard Ballantyne, 3rd Lois Anderson, 4th Fran Bolstad

Weekly Cribbage

Oct. 26, two and three-fourths tables

1st Russ Vaale, 2nd Loretta Prantner, 3rd Loretta Nelson, 3rd Val LaVallie


Semcac Daily Meals

Monday: Hotdish

Tuesday: Honey glazed pork steak

Wednesday:  Chow mein over rice

Thursday: Roast pork

Friday: Beef stew