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CAPE GAZET'I, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 1995 - 35 Cancer Wa ;ch ]arly cancer det,ection can help save lives women that breast cancer must be detected early. The team, she said, will deter- mine the best ways of reaching the women in their communities. It will meet approximately four times a year. "The rest of the work can be done on their own, as needed, in sub groups," she said. "The pri- mary focus is getting the educational message out," Dolinger explained. For example, she said, "We hear from women that DOLINGER their doctors are not recommending mammo- grams on a regular basis. The role of the regional team will be to see what else is needed in the commu- nity. Do they see other areas that need to be addressed, for exam- ple7 "We also need volunteers for the Southern Regional Prostate Team. It can be anybody. It just needs to be somebody who would be interested in helping educate men and women." Dolinger said that female members on the prostate team are particularly important for its success. "It's the By Kerry Kester With 244,000 new diagnoses of prostate and 182,000 cases of breast cancer expected in 1995 nationally, the need to wage war on the disease is escalating. The American Cancer Society esti- mates that this year in Delaware, 520 men will develop prostate cancer and 570 women will devel- op breast cancer. It estimates 240 of the patients with either prostate or breast cancer will die. Sadly, many of those who have lost or will lose their lives from cancer could have prevented death simply by getting early diagnosis. The American Cancer Society is in need of volunteers willing to design and coordinate efforts for community education on early detection. It has formed two teams - one for breast cancer and one for prostate cancer awareness. "I'm putting out a plea to Sus- sex Countians," said Judy Dolinger, American Cancer Soci- ety manager of early detection programs. She needs team mem- bers for the Southern Regional prostate and breast cancer teams. "We need help ,with these two projects," she said. "We need to find ways to reach women," she said. The teams will look for ways to get to the hearts of com- munities and get the word to Stroke club offers opportunity to share Milford Memorial Hospital's Stroke Club is a community orga- nization formed by and for stroke survivors and for family mem- bers, friends and others who want to learn more about stroke. By meeting regularly, club members help one another face and overcome common problems, share similar experiences and encourage one another. The meetings are usually held the second Thursday of each month. For more information on Milford Memorial Hospital's Stroke Club, call Sharon Bond, 424-5498. women who get men to the prostate screenings and exams," she said. The prostate cancer team will operate similarly to the breast can- cer team. It will meet four times annually, and "they could meet informally as needed," Dolinger said. It, too, will try to determine where community needs are and develop strategies for addressing the needs. "We're also looking for people who are members of an organiza- tion whose clubs might want pro- grams," she said. The American Cancer Society will provide speakers and materials on Special Touch, a program on breast self examination, clinical examina- tions.and mammograms; Reach to Recovery, a cancer support group; Look Good/Feel Better, a self image support group; or any other cancer programs. One of its most successful pro- grams is the Purple Tea. "It's one way we've discovered to launch our Tell A Friend program," Dolinger said. The program has a simple concept. Women agree that they will encourage five friends to perform self examina- tions and get clinical exams and mammograms. The Purple Tea is where a group of women can meet, socialize for a while, then commit to telling their friends about breast cancer detection. The tea is fashioned after a poem by Jenny Jones, who wrote that she would wear purple and be active in her older years. The Purple Tea is a kick-off event for Tell A Friend. Guests at the teas usually get into the spirit of Jones' poem and dress in pur- ple. "It's been successful, and it's fun," Dolinger said. "Tell A Friend is that gentle conscience sitting on the shoulder." Technological advances in can- cer treatment have reduced the mortality rate for many cancers, but early detection is critical for higher chances of survival. With cancers like prostate or breast can- cer, symptoms may not appear until the cancer has already advanced. Men over 40 should have digital rectal examinations and prostate specific antigen blood tests every year. Women should perform breast self examinations monthly, and they should have clinical exami- nations annually. The American Cancer Society recommends women have their first, or base- line, mammogram between the ages of 35 and 39. Between the ages of 40 and49 they should have either biennial or annual mammograms, and after 50 they should have annual mammo- grams. Men and women whose close family members have histories of either prostate or breast cancer should tell their physicians. Gen- erally, doctors will advise those patients to increase frequency for some of the early detection tests. "Early detection saves lives," Dolinger said. "That's it in a nut- shell." Announcing. a rare find for those in search a retirement value. You 11 find a real treasure of a retirement community located on the Eastern Shore. h's Methodist Manor House, and it's a gem of a continuing care retirement community. There are many reasons why this special community is an exceptional value. 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