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Cancer Watch Breast care services available to all Delaware women By Kerry Kester Mammography of Delaware provides women's health services through its mobile unit to women throughout Delaware. Recently, it began new services for women that include health screenings and programs for women at high risk of developing breast cancer. "There's no reason that a woman in Delaware should not be able to practice good breast health. We need to continue fo- cusing on lowering our breast can- cer mortality rate," said Kathryn McKenzie, R.N., Mammography of Delaware program manager. "Overall, the mortality rate in Delaware did lower last year by about 12 percent," she said, noting that statistic supports the need for early detection. "The most predominant change was in the African-American pop- ulation. Delaware actually has a higher incident rate in the white population, meaning there are more white women getting the disease. However, there's a high- er number of African-Americans who are dying. The Hispanic pop- ulation, nationally, is one of the groups with the fastest growing mortality rate, so we're concen- trating efforts for early detection in those populations," said McKenzie. Sussex County Council, she said, has committed some funding to Mammography of Delaware to be used to serve high-risk areas, such as the residential areas in the Strong Communities Initiative. Plans are underway, she said, to coordinate with community lead- ers for the mammography ser- vices. Mammography of Delaware will be available in the Cape Region as follows: May 4 Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, Bethany Beach May 11 Milford State Service Center May 13 Georgetown State Service Center May 14 Harbor Haallhcare & Rehabil- itation Center, Lewes May 18 Roxana Senior Center May 28 Village Improvement Associ- ation, Rehoboth Beach To schedule an appointment, call 800-654-0606 00CARE HOME HEALTH CARE WATCH THE SAT FATS Saturated fats will raise blood cholesterol. They are found mainly in animal products such as meat, milk, cheese and butter and in coconut oil; except for coconut oil, these fats become solid at room temperature. Submitted by the YMCA of Rehoboth Beach For more information, call 227-8018 West Rehoboth, the Cape Re- gion Strong Community, has al- ready expressed interest in pro- moting the mammography pro- gram. On Friday, April 24, the mobile unit was stationed at the Slaughter Neck Senior Center; 16 women received mammograms and clinical breast exams. "We are a mammography ser- vice and provider for many of the insurance companies. We also have funding for women who do not have insurance," said McKen- zie. She emphasized the three points of best breast health prac- tice: monthly breast self examina- tions (BSEs), yearly clinical breast exams and regular mammo- grams. Monthly BSEs and yearly clini- cal breast examinations are criti- cal to good breast health practices, she said. "Women need to do a monthly breast self examination, because they know their bodies better than someone they see once a year. They note the changes that take place," she said. She said that changes women should look for include lumps, drainage or changes in the skin. "What we were finding is that many women were depending solely on the mammograms, but mammograms aren't I00 percent accurate. That's why you need to see your physi- cian or nurse practitioner to do an annual exam. Worpen of any age need to do that." The Ameri- can Cancer So- ciety (ACS) recommends MCKENZIE that all women older than 40 should undergo a mammogram and a clinical breast exam once eac h year and should perform self exams each month. Women at high risk for devel- oping breast cancer may want to discuss alternate mammogram and clinical breast exam schedules with their physicians. According to information pro- vided by the Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Pub- lic Health, women who are at in- creased risk for developing the disease are those who are older than 50, have a family history of breast cancer - especially a mother or sister, have a personal history of the disease, are in a higher so- cioeconomic group or had their ovaries removed before age 40. Nurse Mates Headquarters The. Professional's first choice... iiiil: ! i!i!!iiiiiii Make a fashion statement with the finest and most comfortable footwear, sensational looking fashion uniforms and accessories If the blue heart is there -- that's the brand to wear! 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The handbook will address is- sues that range from where to park at a particular medical facility to explanations of treatment options. It will contain a glossary of terms and pages for patients to keep notes and questions for their physicians. For more information expanded its services to women by partnering with Planned Par- enthood of Delaware to offer more comprehensives health screenings. The screenings in- clude mammograms, clinical breast exams, gynecological ex- ams with pap smears, glucose and blood pressure testing. The next health screening to be offered in the Cape Region is June 11, when the van will work with staff from Planned Parenthood of Delaware at the Midway location in Rehoboth Beach. Funding is available for women who meet the income guidelines for subsidized care; most insurance is also ac- cepted. To make an appointment, call 800-654-0606. Our new idea in Long Term care does away with confusing It may cost you less. 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