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36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 5 - April 11, 1996 Cancer Wat:h Speakers trained to present prostate awareness pn00grams Eight men were recently trained, through a partnership of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), to present information to groups in the com- munity about the importance of early detection for prostate cancer. These men have a vested interest in this type of program because each of them as been touched by prostate cancer. The training included informa- tion on early detection tests, guidelines for having prostate check-ups, warning signals and symptoms, who is at highest risk and what you can do to increase survival rates for this type of can- cer. The presentations will take approximately 20 minutes and will include time for questions and answers. Local urologists have also agreed to help with technical presentations if their schedules allow. One out of five men will devel- op cancer in his lifetime. Nine out of ten survive prostate cancer if it is detected early. Warning signals for possible prostate cancer are difficulty in urinating, pain while urinating or the need to urinate frequently, especially at night. Of special concern is that there may be no symptoms at all. ACS guidelines suggest that all men 40 or older have a yearly digital rec- tal exam (DRE) by their physician and all men 50 or older should have a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test },early. Men who have a relative with prostate cancer should consult their physicians as to when to start having early detection tests. Any- one experiencing any type of Beebe receives Association of Blood Banks ical Center joins more than 2,000 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB accreditation. "The AABB's inspection and accreditation procedures are vol- untary," said Sukumar. "Beebe Medical Center has sought AABB accreditation because this pro- gram assists facilities around the country in achieving excellence by promoting a level of profes- sional and medical expertise that contributes to quality perfor- mance." Since 1958, the AABB has been Beebe Medical Center has been granted accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), said V. Ray Sukumar, pathologist and medical director for Beebe's medical labo- ratory. Accreditation follows an intensive on-site inspection by specially trained representatives of the Association and establishes that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, Beebe Med- Surgery increases the odds that those women will later be able to con- ceive. Physicians are also now using laparoscopes to treat women who have ectopic pregnancies. When that occurs, the pregnancy occurs outside the uterus, so the fetus cannot develop. Both the fetus and the placenta, which must be removed, may be removed through the laparoscope. Women who have ectopic pregnancies may also require some other internal repairs, which most of the time are also easily made through the laparoscope. FREE Hearing Tests! 000YOU SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE THIS? CALL TODAY FOR A FREE SKIN REJUVINATION CONSULTATION WITH ONE OF OUR ESTHETICIANS Continued from page 35 it would have to be done through a dilatation and curettage (D & C), said Berlin. Without the scope, he said, as much as 40 percent of the uterine lining could be missed. "Only 60 to 70 percent could be sampled," said Berlin of the D & C procedure. "The D & C was a blind procedure. No matter how thorough you were, you were bound to miss something." With hysteroscopy, he explained, the increased visual field allows the physician to sam- ple nearly 100 percent, so it's a far more accurate diagnostic option. "Just to do a D & C now is not enough of a standard of care," said Berlin, although he said there are still some situations where a D & C would be the most appropriate care choice. Berlin said there is yet another advantage to using scopes. Women who decide to have their fallopian tubes tied or cauterized to prevent pregnancies sometimes later change their minds. Now they have a better hance of successfully reversing the results of tubal ligations. "The laparoscope has allowed people to have tubals reversed - with shorter hospital stays...and have excellent results," said Berlin. "There is less handling of the tissue, less scar tissue." As a result, the reversals done on women whose tubal ligations were performed through scopes engaged in the voluntary inspec- tion and accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services. The Inspection and Accreditation Program assists blood banks and transfusion services in determin- ing whether methods, procedures, personal knowledge, equipment and the physical plant meet estab- lished requirements and are based primarily on the AABB's "Stan- dards for Blood Banks and Trans- fusion Services." The AABB's Committee on Inspection and Accreditation assures compliance with these criteria before granting accreditation. These standards not only set the level of professional proficiency for blood banks and transfusion services in the United States, but Smallest Aid Made problem should consult a physi- cian immediately. The ACS and VNA have also formed a partnership to host the Southern Delaware Prostate Can- cer Support Group. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the VNA office in Milford. Each month the attending members discuss vari- ous concerns and at times sched- ule to have guest speakers address specific needs. They have gathered a wealth of knowledge concerning prostate cancer and desire to share it with accreditation also provide the basis of practice for similar facilities around the world. The AABB, established in 1947, is the professional society for approximately 2,400 commu- nity, regional and Red Cross blood centers, hospital-based blood banks, and transfusion ser- vices and over 8,800 individuals engaged in blood banking and transfusion medicine. Its member facilities are responsible for col- lecting virtually all of the nation's blood supply and for transfusing more than 80 percent of the blood used for patient care in the United States. Beebe Medical Center has been accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks for over 25 years. 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