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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 24 - March 30, 2000 - 43 Mammography promoted for senior Mrican-Americans Approximately 50 community leaders have joined together to promote the importance of African-American senior women having regular mammograms to aid in the detection of breast can- eel'. Quality Insights of Delaware (QID) organized the campaign in response to recent data from the National Cancer Institute that shows that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among African-American women. The five-year survival rate is 43 percent for African-Americans, compared to 90 percent for white women. In the most recent statis- tics provided to QID from the Health Care Financing Adminis- nation (HCFA), it was shown that 10 percent fewer African-Ameri- can women in Delaware get a mammogram than their Caucasian counterparts. Only 40 percent of African American seniors in Delaware Briefl,: Team in Training recruits for fall and winter season The Delaware chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is currently recruiting participants for its fall and winter Team in Training seasons and has sched- uled an information meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6, at the Century 21 New Image Realty building in Georgetown. Team in Training, the nation's No. 1 fitness program, prepares teams of volunteers of all fitness levels to participate in marathons and century rides in the United States and around the world in re- turn for raising funds to support the Society's research and patient services programs. For more information, call the Delaware chapter at 302-661- 7300. have gotten a screening mammog- raphy in the past two years, com- pared to 50 percent of all seniors statewide. Quality Insights of Delaware, as part of its Sixth Scope of Work Contract from HC- FA, wants to increase the rate for African-American seniors to 60 percent or higher. Early detection is a key factor in survival. Using African-American women community leaders, health care workers and parish- ioners, QID plans to reach out to senior women, give them neces- sary information and encourage them to get a screening, mammo- gram. Cindy Miller, director of quality improvement contacted key women throughout the state and asked for their assistance in mov- ing the project forward. Representatives from the Delaware chapters of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Cancer support group meets March 30 The We Can Cope cancer sup- port group will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 9 p.m., Thurs- day, March 30, at Bayhealth Med- ical Center-Kent General Hospi- tal, in the Outpatient Services Center, General Foods Confer- ence Center, Dover. We Can Cope is for cancer patients, their families and friends. Meetings are open to anyone interested in can- cer and its management. The pub- lic is invited to attend. For more information, call 302-674-7411. TLC group meets weekly in Georgetown Talk, Listen, Care (TLC) sup- port group for those who are HIV- positive, meets at 6 p.m., Wednes- days, in Georgetown. The group is facilitated by Children & Fami- lies First. For more information and directions, tall Peter at 856- 2388. See Better. John Wahl, M.D. is Delaware's LASIK pioneer and most experienced LASIK surgeon. LASIK is the only surgery he has performed for the past 5 years. (over 1000 LASIK procedures) Dr. Wahl performs surgery to reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses at the Johns Hopkins outpatient pavilion. The fee is $2000 per eye. Call now to schedule your LASIK evaluation. John Wahl, M.D. Board-Certified Ophthalmologist "Experience Counts" LASIK of Delaware Robinson, Cook & Lubkeman The Laser Center for Sight Ct.nprrkessi Eye Curt Specialists 4514 Kirkwood Highway  i202 Savannah Road Wilminon [ Lewes (302) 633-1233 [ (302) 645-2300 next to ] www.lasersightcenter.com PEARL VISION EXPRESS I the American Cancer Society, Sis- ters on a Mission, Lettey's Sisters in Session, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta, have united for this effort. Joining them are local groups such as Circle of Friends, Delaware Breast Cancer Coali- tion, CCHS Mammography of Delaware, Delaware Commission of Women, Minority Health Council and Bethel UME, Ezion Mount Carmel and Christ Our King churches. The organizations have created a network that is now working in their communities, encouraging senior women to have a screening mammogram. This network has met several times and recently conducted training so its members are com- fortable talking about breast health, breast self-exam and the mammogram procedure in front of individuals and groups. They have also developed a scorecard for each participant to jot down the number of women to whom she has spoken and her most suc- cessful methods of presentation. The group also wants to inform women about the ease of schedul- ing a mammogram. In Delaware, women do not need an order from their physician to get a mammo- gram, but need only call any mammography facility and sched- ule her test. The facility only needs a doctor's name so they will know with whom to share the screening results. Cost need not be a factor as well. For senior women, Medicare pays 80 percent of the cost of the test and the recipient pays 20 per- cent. A mammogram costs about $66, so patients are responsible, on average, for about $12. 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