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Cautte HEALTH & FITNESS TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 - THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2008 31 Get the mercury facts: fish may contain harmful 1, wels Q.: Can you get cancer from eating, fish that contains mercury? iL: High levels of mercury ex- posure can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and im- mune system of people of all ages. There isn't enough human data available for all forms of mercury to conclude it causes cancer. However, the U.S. Environ- mental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined methylmercury is a possible hu- man carcinogerL Mercury, a liquid metal also known as quicksilver, combines with carbon to make organic mercury compounds; methylmercury is the most com- mon one. Methylmercury is made primarily by microscopic organisms in water and soil. Methylmercury builds up in the tissues of fish. Larger and older lush tend to have the high- est levels of mercury. Research shows most people's fish con- sumption does not cause a health concern. Almost all fmfish and shellftsh contain traces of mercury. How- ever, some ftsh have higher lev- els of mercury that can harm the developing nervous system of a fetus or young child. The risks from mercury in seafood de- pend on the amount and type that is consumed. The EPA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) give the following advice to those at highest risk, such as pregnant women: • Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish; these have high levels of mercury • Eat shrimp, canned light tu- na, salmon, pollock and catfish because they are low in mercu- ry; albacore, or white-meat tuna, has more mercury than canned light tuna • Contact your local health de- partment to check local advi- Cancer network provides support, resources When cancer survivors need support, encouragement, infor.- marion or just an opportunity to express their feelings with others who have had their own cancer experience, they can visit the American Cancer Society's Can- cer Survivors Network. The Cancer Survivors Net- work (CSN) is an online commu- nity created by and for survivors, their families and caregivers on the internet. The website is a comprehensive compilation of information and resources. Members of the CSN can view other personal web pages, email other members, post to discus- sion boards, have private chats, create personal web pages, re- ceive the monthly newsletter, post items to the Expression Gallery and establish newvirtual support communities. Members can also listen to prerecorded discussions on spe- cific topics, get announcements shared by other members and have access to a resource library. Visitors to the CSN also have ac- cess to links to cancer informa- tion and descriptions of local American Cancer Society pro- grams and services available to help them through their cancer experience. For more information, call 800-ACS-2345. "You m Beautiful l" he md. 0wmy c,00ff0m hisses fondled buddes on nff strap, Whenl promised him 'ILOVEYOU" sories about the safety of ftsh caught in nearby waters. An important added note: Fish sticks and fast-food fish sand- wiches are usually made from seafood low in mercury. Mercury is a naturally occur- ring element that is found in air, waterand sold. In additiofi, mercury enters the air from mining ore, burning coal and waste, and from manu- facturing plants. It enters the water or soil from natural de- posits, waste disposal and vol- canic activity. Exposure to mercury occurs from breathing contaminate d air,- ingesting contaminated wa- ter and food, and having dental and medical treatments. Pure mercury has been used to make thermometers, switch- es, pressure gauges, fluorescent bulbs, button batteries, thermo- stats, dental fillings and medi- cines. In recent years, there has been a growing focus on the need to decrease the use of mercury in products and to prevent the mercury in existing products from entering the waste strearru Several states have passed legis- lation to reduce mercury in waste. So how about those fillings in your mouth? Dental amalgam is the silver- colored material used to restore teeth that have cavities. Dental amalgam is made of liquid mer- cury and a powder containing silver, tin, copper, zinc and other metals Mercury concentration in dental amalgam is generally about 50 percent by weight. Is dental amalgam safe? Here's the official answer from the American Dental Associa- tion: "Yes. Dental amalgam has been used in tooth restorations Squash & Zucchini worldwide for more than 100 years. Studies have failed to find any link between amalgam restorations and any medical disorder. Amalgam continues to be a safe restorative material for dental patients." Editor's note: Fred Cicetti is a first-class geezer over 60 who writes a health column for senior citizens Emil questions to fmd@healthygeezer.com or visit http://healthygeezer.com. 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