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32 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 28 - May 4, 2000 Cancer Watch CIS answers questions on risk, screenings, studies Q: I am concerned that I may be at higher risk for breast cancer because someone in my family has been diagnosed. How can I find out more about my risk and what I can do about it? A: If you call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service (CIS), a can- cer information specialist can give you information about your risk for breast cancer and also infor- mation about genetic counseling, which you may want to consider. The CIS also maintains a current list of genetic counselors. You can reach the CIS by calling 800-4- CANCER between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Briefly One Day at a Time to meet May 1 One Day at a Time, a mutual support group for people with life-threatening illnesses, their families and other interested peo- ple, will meet at 1 p.m., Monday, May 1, at Beebe Medical Center. For more information, call the Beebe Medical Center Oncology Department at 645-3770. SHARP Center offers free HIV testing In addition to Sussex County AIDS Committee providing free and anonymous testing from 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday, SHARP Center offers free and anonymous testing by appointment five days a week. SHARP Center, located at 107B South St., Rehoboth Beach, uses OraSure, an oral test that does not require any blood to be drawn. For more information, call Jeanne at 644-1094. SHARP to offer Internet access training May 9 Intemet training sessions are offered from 10 a.m. to noon, and Free blood pressure screenings offered in May are as follows: Tuesday, May 2 9 - 10:30 a.m. Cape Henlopen Sr. Center 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Super G Wednesday, May 3 I1 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rehoboth Outlets Mobile Medical Unit SHOREATCH schedule Beebe Medical Center's Mobile Medical Unit, SHORE/MATCH unit will be available in the Cape Region as follows: May 2 4 - 8 p.m., Twin Cedars, Roxana May 3 4 - 8 p.m., Selbyville Fire Hall Friday. The CIS can provide tele- phone and written information about cancer prevention, screen- ing and early detection, treatment, smoking cessation. Q: I would really like to quit smoking. Does anyone offer screening cessation help on the phone? A: Yes. Trained cancer informa- tion specialists can help you using the program Calling It Quits and adapting the program to your needs and interests. The CIS also provides free telephone and writ- ten information on cancer preven- tion, screening and early detec- tion, treatment and community resources. from 1 to 3 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month at the SHARP Center, 107B South St., Rehoboth Beach. The next sched- uled classes will be Tuesday, May 9. Karene Jules-Chester of the Delaware Academy of Medicine will facilitate the classes that cover Internet access, with a focus on how to search for literature. To register, call Jeanne at 644-1094. Mammogram makes nice Mother's Day gift Bayhealth Medical Center- Milford Memorial Hospital is offering a low-cost screening mammogram and breast self- examination class from 5 to 7 p.m., May 4 and May 11, and from 9 to 11 a.m., May 13, at the Women's Wellness & Resource Center at Milford Memorial. The hospital urges children to consid- er paying the minimal cost as a Mother's Day gift. Those eligible for the program are women 35 and older who have never had a mammogram, women 40 and older, and women who meet the above criteria and have not had an abnormal mammo- gram in two years, whose insur- ance doesn't cover screening mammograms, who have high insurance deductibles or who have no insurance. To schedule an appointment, call 302-744-7488 or 302-744-7411. Registration deadline is May 10. The screen- ing is $50. WATCH THAT FAT! Reducing the amount of fat in the diet lowers blood cholesterol levels. Studies show that for each one percent reduction in choles- terol, the risk of developing heart disease drops by two percent. Eating less fat also keeps the calo- ries.reduced to hetp achieve normal body weight. Submitted by the YMCA For more information, call 227-8018. I Q: A friend is part of a breast cancer prevention study called STAR. Since I am interested, how can I get information about the study? A: In the Study of Tamoxifen And Raloxifene (STAR), the drdgs tamoxifen and raloxifene are compared for their effective- ness in reducing the occurrence of breast cancer in postmenopausal women aged 35 and older who are at increased risk for the disease. Tamoxifen has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for reducing the incidence of invasive breast can- cer in women at high risk for the disease. It has been suggested that Bosom Buddies meets May 16 Bosom Buddies support group will meet at 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, in the Tunnell Cancer Center conference room. The group is for women living with breast cancer, whether they are newly diagnosed, are current- ly undergoing treatment or are long-time survivors. Call 645- 3770 for more information, raloxifene, though not as thor- oughly researched, is similar to tamoxifen and may have the same ability. Q: I'm 41 and have been hear- ing a lot about colon cancer and screening, but can't remember what screening tests I should be FREE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTING Sussex County AIDS Committee, Inc. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY A FREE Health Seminar from Beebe Medical Center "Controlling Your High Blood Pressure" Wednesday, May 10, 2000 Speaker: Dr. Jennifer de la Rosa Location: Lewes Library Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is a free seminar. Light refreshments will be served Please call 645-333 7 to register, or register online at www.beebemedorg and click onto the Focus on Health web banner. having. Is there an organization I can call for information? A: Yes, the CIS can give you the latest information about screening and early detection as well as information about preven- tion, treatment, smoking cessation and community resources. Dr Jennifer de la Rosa Beebe Medical Center 424 Savannah Road Lewes, DE www.beebemed.org 1 !-