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44 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, August 27 - September 2, 1999 Cancer Watch Women: learn how to reduce risk for ovarian cancer An estimated one woman in 55 will develop ovarian cancer dur- ing her lifetime and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) estimates that each ye approximately 25,500 new cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed. An estimated 14,500 women annually die from the disease, typ- ically because its silent symptoms are not caught in the early stages. In women ages 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths, accord- ing to NOCC. "I think it's important for women to understand that ovarian cancer has increased in recent decades, with the incidence being the fourth leading cause of cancer in women," said Dr. Phillip A. Caruso, clinical associate profes- sor, department of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Miami. "For this reason,. I think it's imperative that they undergo pelvic examination every year after the age of 18 and discuss Prostate screenings offered Sept. 28, 30 Beebe Medical Center will offer $5 prostate screenings from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, and from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Tunnell Cancer Center. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer diag- nosed in American men; however, many men do not obtain regular, potentially lifesaving screenings. Beebe Medical Center will offer screenings by doctors and other hospital staff in an effort to pro- mote the need for annual screen- ings. The screening includes a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). Reservations are required and may be made by phoning 645-3468. PSA's will be performed by hospital staff, and urologists will conduct the DREs. The screening is specifically planned for men 50 years old and older or older than 40 who have a family history of prostate cancer. Participants must also have not obtained a DRE or PSA during the past 12 months and have no personal history of prostate can- cer. Mammography of Delaware will be available in the Cape Region as follows: Aug. 3031 Allflrst Bank, Mlllsboro Sept. 3 Milford Senior Center, To schedule an appointment, call 800-654-0606 with their doctors their concerns with regard to this disease and whether there may be a genetic link in their particular case." Symptoms are silent Ovarian cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells originate in the ovaries. There are many different types of ovarian cancers,, and some of these tend to spread very rapidly to adjacent tissues and organs, such as the uterus, intestine, lymph nodes and lining of the abdomen. "This is why early detection is crucial and a woman's only good chance for cure," said Dr. Adelaide Nardone, a Mt. Kisco, N.Y. gynecologist and an adviser to The Vagisil Women's Health Center(SM). "However, there is presently no .single, reliable screening test, and the symptoms, particularly in the early stages, are often neither acute or intense, nor are they spe- African-American men have a 16 percent lower survival rate of prostate cancer than men of other nationalities. Prostate cancer usually is diag- nosed at a later stage and tends to be more aggressive with African- American men. One Day at a Time to meet Sept. 6 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 I p.m., Monday, Sept. 6, at Beebe Medical Center. For more information, call the Beebe Medical Center Oncology Department at 645-3770. AIDS group to host meeting Sept. 8 The Advisory Council, com- posed of a group of people living with HIV/AIDS, will host Sussex County forum for all service providers at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Children & Families First, 4.10 South Bedford St. in GeorgetOWn. cific to ovarian cancer," said Nardone. '`The important thing is to bring these symptoms to the attention of your physician, who can deter- mine the cause, sometimes through a process of elimination." Some symptoms of orian can- cer include the following: Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort Vague but persistent gastroin- testinal upsets, such as gas, nau- sea and indigestion Frequency and/or urgency of urination in the absence of an infection Unexplained changes in bowel habits Unexplained weight gain or weight loss, particularly weight gain in the abdominal region Pelvic lnd/or abdominal swelling, bloating, and/or feeling of fullness Pain during intercourse Ongoing fatigue Abnormal postmenopausal All are welcome to attend, For more information, call the Kent-Sussex AIDS Program (KSAP) at 856-2388. bleeding Knowing who is at risk While the presence of one or more risk factors may increase a woman's chance of getting ovari- an cancer, it does not necessarily mean that she will. However, according to NOCC, FREE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTING Sussex County AIDS Committee, Inc. NOAPPOINTMENT NECESSARY women should be vigilant in watching for early symptoms if any of the following risk factors are present: Personal history of breast, endometrial or 9olon cancer Family history of ovarian, breast or colon cancer Continued on page 48 "Therapy and Exercise for Back Pain" THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1999 SPEAKER: Mark Blaskey l'rector, Baylis Rehabilitation Center LOCATION: Beebe Medical Center's Gull House Rehoboth Beach (opposite Spring Lake) Beebe Medical Center TIME: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is a free seminar. Registration is required by calling 645-3468. 424 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE I