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30 o CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 10 - January 16, 1997 AARP urges members to join "Connections" for home care There are over 100,000 card carrying members of the National American Association Persons (AARP) who joined the associa- tion which proclaims the slogan "To serve, and not to be served." In an effort to make that slogan vibrate throughout the state, AARP of Delaware, which has almost 6,000 chapter members, is calling upon these members to ral- ly to the new "Connections" pro- gram. The programs is geared toward helping people in Delaware stay in their homes by assisting them in various ways. Through its Leadership Coun- cil, AARP members are being urged to volunteer their time with agencies deeply involved in this pursuit, such as the Visiting Nurs- es Association. Volunteers are badly needed at this agency to assist elderly people in their homes remain there with home care, light home repair and performing errands. Ted Ressler, state coordinator for communications, said "Many AARP members already volunteer their time and talents to help in their communities at a variety of volunteer experiences. However, the need today is even greater than we thought. When senior citizens were interviewed regarding their present and future lifestyles, they overwhelmingly made it clear they above all want to remain in their own homes. Sometimes that means only a hand up from someone willing to run errands, be a companion for a few hours a week or carry out small maintenance tasks." AARP members who already volunteer extensively with various agencies are not being asked to step forward. However, those who could spare the time and effort are reminded of the AARP slogan and asked to call 1-800- AARP and get in touch with the Connections people, or call the Visiting Nurses at 1-800-366- 0117 and speak to Margarita Duffy, volunteer coordinator. Men: begin 1997 with a commitment to get a prostate cancer screening Prostate cancer became the leading cancer facing American men last year, surpassing lung cancer. An estimated 244,000 American men will get prostate cancer this year and more than 40,000 men will die from the dis- ease. One man in nine will devel- op prostate cancer in his lifetime; the rate is one in eight among African American men. Men age 50 and over are at risk for developing prostate cancer, and the risk is increasing with age; the average age of men with the disease is 72. African Americans, for unknown reasons, and men with a family history of prostate cancer are at highest risk for the disease. The prostate is a gland of the male reproductive system. The prostate is quite small - it weighs only about an ounce - and is near- ly the same shape and size of a walnut, it is located in front of the rectum, just below the bladder, and it wraps around a tube called 1. One in how many American men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime? A. 5 B. 10 C.31 D. 92 2. Prostate cancer rates are % higher for black men than white men. A. 50 B. 40/, C. 25% O. same 3. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men. A. tenth B. fifth C. second O. first 4. At what age should all men begin having a yearly prostate screening? A. 65 B. 35 C. 50 D. 40 5. At what age should black men begin having a yearly prostate screening? A. 65 B. 35 C. 50 D. 40 the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder. The prostate is made up largely of muscular and glandular tissues. Its main func- tion is to produce the fluid that carries and nourishes sperm cells. Prostate cancer may be confined to the prostate gland, may spread locally to other organs or may spread through the blood to distant organs. Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms. However, possible symptoms include weak or interrupted flow of the urine; inability to urinate or difficulty in beginning to urinate; need to uri- nate frequently, especially at night; blood in the urine or semen and continuing pain in the lower back, pelvis or upper thighs. A digital rectal exam (DRE) performed together with the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test is the most effective way to detect prostate cancer at an early and potentially curable stage. PSA is produced by prostate cells - normal and cancer- ous - and can be measured in a blood sample. The higher the PSA, the greater the chance a man has prostate cancer. (Most physi- cians use 4.0 ng./mL as the cut-off point between normal and high PSA.) The Prostate Cancer Education Council recommends men age 50 and older should be tested annual- ly for prostate cancer. Men who are African American or who have a family history of the disease are advised to begin annual testing at age 40. A positive result from the DRE and PSA usually is followed by an ultrasound test and a needle biopsy, which determines if the prostate cancer exists. If prostate cancer is detected in the early stages, treatment options are much broader and the chances for a cure are much greater. Determining which course of treatment to follow is a choice that must be left to the patient and his physician, after weighing such considerations as the patient's age, health, stage of the disease and the "Gleason grade," or rate of growth. " S dTi " A d " " " econ me roun ": 1 New & Used Clothine for Ladies and Gents 4(I o d " .it Storewide Clearance !l L " lil adles & Mens Wear " Henlopen Junction, Rehoboth Avenue Extended 227-3550  ,I J % A healthy glow in the dark winter months. Start with us. 6 Tans $19.97 (Regularly Pdced at $25.00) Boire's Hair Design -Open 6 Days to serve you- 27 Terrace Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE .Call today- 227-3861 What is melanoma? 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