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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 20 - June 26 1997 - 37 HEALTH & FITNESS Sussex recognizes survivors of cardiaLc arrest The Sussex County Emergency Services hosted the First Annual Phoenix Club cere- mony on May 21 at Sussex Council Cham- bers in Georgetown. Lars Grnholm, a Sussex paramedic and Phoenix Club chairperson, provided open- ing remarks. "The purpose of the reception and the club itself is to recognize survivors of cardiac arrest, as well as the individuals who played a key role in their survival," he said. The Phoenix Club was first started by the Florida Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians in the early 1980s. Granholm developedthe club in Sussex. "The phoenix is a mythical bird which in death is consumed by fire. Out of the fire springs another young bird to carry on the species "The rebirth of the bird symbolizes the second chance of life given to the survivors by the actions of bystanders and persons in- volved in the emergency medical services," said Granholm. Eight cardiac survivors were inducted in- to the Phoenix Club for 1996, receiving a plaque and Phoenix Club member pin. They included Alvin Whiteman, Alice Wozniak, Chad Neibert, John Roope, Thomas Bradford, Paula Smeltzer, James Erwin and Miriam Fleming, ranging in age between three and 75 years old. Over 40 emergency service providers were recognized as well. This included personnel from the Delaware State Police, area volunteer fire, rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies and Sus- sex EMS, whocame to the aid of individu- als. Additionally, five civilian bystanders were recognized that evening for their part in initiating CPR on several survivors. They received a certificate from the Phoenix Club and a Certificate of Achievement Award, presented by Sussex Councilmen Those honored during the first Phoenix Club Ceremony in Sussex County on May 21 include (back row, l-r) Rocky Green, Dean Hollinger, Brent Hudson, Don Evans, Mike Stathem, Franklin Martin, Gary Walls, Chris Quillen, Lars Granholm, Ronnie Johnson, Cliff Neidig, Cpl. Joe Myers, Sandy Doughty and Dave Nesbit; (middle row) Joe Morris Jr., Joe West, Colin Wintjin, Craig Farren, Charlotte Parramore, Tim Keane and George Torbert; (front row) Finley Jones, Lynn Rogers, Thomas Bradford, Alvin Whiteman, James Erwin, John Roope, Harry Fletcher and Steve Braney. Lynn Rogers and Findley Jones. said. Recipients were Sandy Doughty, Rocky According to the American Heart Associ- Green, Dr. Jeff McCann, Don Evans and ation (AHA), over 500,000 people die each Dean Hollinger. "Without their willingness, year from heart attacks. About two-thirds to get involved, we might only be inducting die before they reach the hospital and many five survivors instead of eight," Granholm deaths could be prevented if someone rec- ognizes the early symptoms and calls 911 for an ambulance and paramedics. Prompt application of cardiopulmonary resuscita- tion gives them a greater chance of sur- vival. Contact the AHA for more information. gloved and lubricated finger into the anus and feel for polyps or other growths. In men, the prostate can be ex- amined at the same time. Upon withdrawal-of the finger, a small amount of fecal material is placed on a special card which helps to detect invisible amounts of blood. This whole process should only take a minute or two and for women, can and should be made a part oy the pelvic examination. The flexible sigmoidoscopy in- volves the placement of a small diameter (approximately the size of a pinky finger) tube which is quite soft and flexible, into the anus. The tube has a camera lens and a light at the tip which allows the doctor to see inside the colon: If any abnormality is detected, a small.piece of tissue or biopsy can be taken for eventual examination under a microscope. At Bayview Endoscopy Center, for example, patients are asked to complete three Fleet's enemas at home on the morning of the exam- ination. Patients change into an examination gown in a private re- eovery room just prior to the test. During the procedure itself, pa- rents are placed on their left side in a fetal position and the endo- scope is placed into the rectum. The patient is kept as covered as possible to prevent embarrassing exposure. The test itself lasts ap- proximately seven minutesl There may be brief iaeriods of discomfort during the procedure. However, most patients generally do not feel it is painful. Following the test, patients are invited to enjoy coffee, juice and a light snack. There is no residual discomfort following the test, and therefore a normal schedule of ac- tivities can be planned afterward. By utilizing these simple screening techniques, colorectal cancer can be detected early, if not prevented, in most asymptotic in- dividuals without a family history of colon or other cancers. It is never too late to start. Start today. On Friday, June 27, Bayview Endoscopy Center, in conjunction with Eastern Shore Gastroenterol- ogy Associates, will be offering free sigmoidoscopy screening for individuals who are under-insured or uninsured and who meet the criteria for screening as outlined in this article. This screening will be by appointment only, so please call early and reserve your time. / HEALTH TOPICS ROBERT DECKMANN Robert Deekmann, M.D., is a gastroenterologist at East- ern Shore Gastroenterolgy Associates in Lewes. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from can- cer in the U.S. Nationwide, ap- proximately 50,000 people per year die from this disease. Survival rates have steadily im- proved over the past five decades, Much of this success can be attrib- uted to improved methods of treatment. But, as with the treat- ment of breast cancer, earlier de- tection and hence, earlier treat- ment, have been pivotal in im- proving long-term survival. While early detection is critical, colorectal cancer, unlike breast or cervical cancer, can be prevented. It is generally accepted that most colon cancers begin as a non-can- cerous polyp or growth on the colon wall. Over a perit)d of several years, changes may occur in these'areas, transforming the polyp into a can- cerous tumor. If these polyps are periodically removed, prior to any transformation, colorectal cancer can be prevented. Colorectal cancer can be more common in certain families. Peo- pie at increased risk include those with first degree relatives (par- ents, siblings or children) who have had colorectal cancer, breast cancer or other cancers of female genitals. Also, women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer are at increased risk for develop- ing colorectal cancer. Those who fit into one of these categories should contact their physician for advice on what screening tech- niques are recommended. Early detectiola and prevention involve three basic techniques: digital rectal examination, stool testing for occult (non-visible) blood and flexible sigmoi- doscopy. The various national gastroenterology societies and cancer societies have agreed that the-first two techniques should be performed annually beginning at the age of 50 in patients at average risk and that flexible sigmoi- doscopy be performed every five years as well. The digital rectal exam requires that the care provider place a Early detection is essential: a simple screening could save your life