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Health & Fitness 14 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 Cape Qazette i_ Rehoboth's McKenzie guides Cancer Support Community Wings of Hope Butterfly Release set By Betty Fleming Special to the Cape Gazette On the third floor, high above the rest of the Beebe Medical Arts Building in back of the Tun- nell Cancer Center off Route 24, is an oasis in the form of the nonprofit Cancer Support Community Delaware's Sussex County office. Inside are offices, meeting rooms, even a kitchen. "We are here to help people know that, in battling, cancer, they are not alone," said Kathryn "Kate" McK- enzie, as of March the CEO and president of the CSC-DE which includes New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. She is a resident of Rehoboth Beach. "In addition to patients, their families and friends are also welcome here where services and programs are concerned," she said. 'adl services are free." Offerings such as educational programs led by physicians, law- yers, insurance specialists and others are held there. So are stress reduction and nutrition classes, networking and support groups. "We have everything from men's yoga classes to cook- ing classes led by a local chef, and Zumba and Tai Chi exercise classes," McKenzie said. "All support groups are profession- ally ruin" Funding comes from cor- porations, foundations, state government, special events, personal donations and other sources. For example, the offices, under McKenzie's direction, de- velop and run fundraising events such as the successful tOK and 5K Sussex County runs held in August and sponsored by the Greene Turtle restaurant. Wings of I-rope...A'B'utterfly Release is another special event we do to honor those whose lives have been touched by cancer," said McKenzie. People purchase butterfly paper cutouts for $10 each or live b utterflies at $30 each ($40 at the event). The event will be held on the grounds of the Tunnell Cancer Center Saturday, Sepfi 14 (ram date is Sept. 15). The sale of butterflies began Aug. 14. The event takes plaee'from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes fun activities, entertainment and refreshments., - , "THE 600D. NEWS 15. THAT DELAWARE'S CANCER MORTALITY RATE HAS DECLINED FROM SECOH IN THE COUNTRY TO 14TH." -KATE MCKENZIE . i it A spectacular releaseof 250 monarch butterflies at the end of the event will tak e place in a but- terfly gar_den created by Sposato Landscaping. Another popular event is A Pink Affair To Remember, held at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The date this year for the event with its luncheon, fashion show and sales of accessories is Friday, Oct. 18. McKenzie spends several days a week at each of the three county offices, working with a director and board at each location, looking for sources of income, and being a part of pro- gram development and publicity. In Sussex County, the director is ]o Allegro-Smith, who runs the office and is responsible for all services in Sussex County. McKenzie started her career as an operating room nurse and then went on to be a clinical supervisor at a hospital in New Jersey in the 1980s. She then undertook a high- level cancer treatment position in Wilmington, where she was program leader of the state- wide mammography program of Christiana Care Health Services and, with the staff there, devel- oped a mammography mobile unit. In 2001, McKenzie became a senior manager for corporate affairs for AstraZeneca Phar- maceuticals in Wilmington. She developed and led relationships among the company, oncology teams and others that includ- ed programming, partnership, media outreach and other leader- ship duties. In 2011, she took a Delaware field representative position with the Philadelphia affiliate of Su- san G. Komen for the Cure. As SUBMITTED PHOTO KATE' i v SUPPORT MCKENZlE, CEO CANCER Community Delaware, center, along with Kaye Webb, outreach coordinator in Sussex County, left, and Sus- sex Director Jo Allegro-Smith stand in the Healing Garden at their offices ad- jacen te the Sunnell Cancer Center on Route 24 in Rehoboth Beach. Miss- ing from the photo is Lily Gosnear, Sussex special events coordinator. Cancer Support Community Delaware offers support services at no cost to those with a cancer diagnosis and to their families | I ,P I " ' " a liaison person to the regional office, she was charged with pro- gram' dveldpfnent, legislative advocacy and many other breast cancer initiatives. In tier cuffefit position, McK- enzie gives leadership to the CSC board of directors and com- mitte4s,'wor bn responsibility and accountability for the staff, program devalopment, fundrais- ing, dd/ninidtrhtion, planning and finance, along with public relations. McKenzie Sees that Delaware and national cancer care and treatment are changing. "We see changes such as earlier detec- tion, new and improved surgical techniques, and new drugs. The Tunriell Canet Center is a good partner for us," she said. "Delaware's cancer incidence is slfgt/tly higher than the re- ported U.S. rate," said McKenzie. 'nd, Sussex County incidence is 27.8 p'ercefft 6fthe state's total, The good news is that Dela- ware's cancer mortality rate has declihd fr6nl second in the country to 14th." For I more information, go to wwwazancersupportdelaware.org or contact Allegro-Smith, CSC Sussex County director, at 302- 645-9150 or jallegro@cscde.org. Estrogen therapy: Overall risks may outweigh benefits Q. What is the value of taking hormones for menopause? o help control meno- pause symptoms, there is Hormone Therapy or Hormone Replacement Therapy. The most comprehensive evi- dence about taking hormones after menopause comes from the Women's Health Initiative Hormone Program sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute. The WHI Hormone Program involved two studies'- the use of estrogen plus progestin (a syn- thetic progesterone), and the use of estrogen alone. Women who have undergone a hyster- ectomy are generally given es- trogen alone. Women who have not undergone this surgery are given estrogen plus progestin, which have a lower risk of caus- ing cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. The estrogen/progestin study was stopped in 2002, when investigators reported that the overall risks outweighed the benefits. The estrogen-alone study was stopped in 2004, when the researchers conclud- ed that estrogen alone increased the risk of stroke and blood clots. I have read opinions from doctors who say that HRT may be okay for some women. The best course is to get a personal assessment from your own physician. Q. Any advice about how to stay healthy during a trip abroad? Here are a few tips: First, see your doctor and your dentist to make sure you are starting the voyage in good condition. You may need vac- cinations. Guard against infection by washing your hands often, especially after you've been on a plane, train or bus. If you are in a country where traveler's diarrhea is common, avoid street vendors, uncooked food, unpasteurized dairy products, tap water and ice. To battle jet lag, drink a lot of water on your flight. Get up and walk on a plane or train to protect yourself against blood clots forming in your legs. If you suffer from motion sickness, make sure your eyes are seeing the same motion that your body senses. For example, on a rocking boat, go up on deck and watch the horizon. Don't sit in a windowless room below deck where your body feels movement, but your eyes don't see it. That difference is what makes you seasick. Q. What exactly happens dur- ing LASIK eye surgery? LASIK, which stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Ker- atomileusis, improves vision by reshaping the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye. Using a laser, an eye surgeon can free patients of eyeglasses and contact lenses. During the eye exam prior to LASIK, the surgeon charts your eye to determine which areas of your cornea need to be altered. The surgery is then done with a laser programmed to remove the right amount of tissue in each location on the cornea. During the surgery, you lie on your back in a reclining chair in an exam room. The surgery usually takes less than a half hour. Often, LASIK is done on both eyes in the same sitting. In most cases, your vision won't be better at first. Vision improves over several months. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of"How to be a Healthy Geezer" at www.healthygeezer. com.