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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 - 35 ( ancer W atch Secondhand Smoke Action Week set Oct. 4-10 Oct. 4-10 is Secondhand Smoke Action Week, the first of a four- week awareness program focus- ing on home indoor air quality. This health promotion is a good time to remind Delawareans of the hazards of smoke inhaled by non- smokers, particularly children, who are in a room with a smoker. Most people will agree that it would be unhealthy for a child to smoke a cigarette. But how many people know that exposure to sec- ondhand smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe is a major cause of illness among Delaware&apos;s chil- dren. Children are exposed to second- hand smoke in their homes. Re- sulting health problems due to en- vironmental tobacco smoke expo- sure includes the following: Low birth-weight infants Sudden Infant Death Syn- drome Pneumonia Bronchitis and bronchiolitis Impaired lung function Otitis media (ear infections) Increased episodes of asthma Delayed recovery from respi- ratory illnesses Increased school absences due to illness Fire-related injuries Increased likelihood of be- coming addicted to nicotine Adult illnesses - cataracts, heart disease, lung cancer and other chronic respiratory prob- lems. Parents and other caregivers can October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Early detection Experts are still not certain what causes breast cancer. They are sure what can beat it though - ear- ly detection. Early detection is the answer because if a woman finds a lump in its early stages, she has more options for treatment. A woman also has a better chance of saving her breasts, and there are almost always fewer side effects with the treatment recommended by the doctor if detected early. One way to detect breast cancer in the beginning stages is through mammograms. Over the past 20 years, the techniques and equip- ment for mammograms have im- proved greatly and are very safe. The level of radiation is very low and not harmful. When a mammogram is per- formed, the patient stands beside the machine and a technologist helps place the breast on a plastic Bayhealth sets breast health lecture for Oct. 8 Bayhealth-Kent General Hospi- tal will launch the first in a series of lectures designed for women, called "Breast Health - the Latest in Diagnosis and Treatment." The program will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, in the General Foods Conference Cen- ter, Kent General Hospital, Dover. The lectures will address breast exams, diagnosis through radiolo- gy and surgical options for the di- agnosis and treatment of breast cancer. For more information, call 302-674-7135. Breast health class set for Oct. 5, 19, 26 Bayhealth Medical Center-Kent General Hospital is offering a free program to teach women the three-part approach to early can- cer detection. The focus of the program is on learning to perform breast self exams (BSEs), the im- portance of mammography and the importance of having physi- cians perform physical breast ex- key to beating plate. For a few seconds, an addi- tional piece of plastic is applied on top of the breast. In order to get a good, clear picture, some pres- sure is applied to flatten the breast. Some discomfort may be felt, but few women report it. If a mass is found, the doctor may use a needle to drain the fluid or extracts a small amount of tis- sue. Sometimes a biopsy is per- formed. In this minor operation, the doctor takes out a part or all of the Suspicious tissue. Once the mass is examined by a patholo- gist, the doctor can then tell whether the mass is cancerous. More than 80 percent of lumps or suspicious areas are not cancer- ous. Women over the age of 40 should have a clinical breast exam every year, breast self exam every month and a mammogram every ams. Individual programs are available Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 5, 19 and 26. Ses- sions are held at the Women's Center, Kent General Hospital, Dover. To learn more or to pre- register for the program, call the Consumer Health Education De- partment at 302-674-7135. deadly disease year. Women ages 20 to 39 should have the clinical breast exam every three years and the breast self-exam every month. Having a mammogram is easier than most women think, and hav- ing a mammogram once a year helps give women peace of mind. One Day at a Time to meet Oct. 5 One Day at a Time, a mutual support group for people with life- threatening illnesses, their fami- lies and other interested people, will meet Monday, Oct. 5, at Beebe Medical Center. For more information, call the Beebe Med- ical Center Oncology Department at 645-3770. Fitness Tip of the Week Smile! Relax! Chronic stress taxes the body's immune system, mak- ing it more susceptible to ill- ness. So smile! Relax! Submitted by the YMCA of Rehoboth Beach For more information, call 227-8018 act now to reduce the health risks in their homes. Quit smoking and do not let other people smoke in the home, the car or around your children. Check on smoking poli- cies in places your children spend time, including day care, places of worship, recreational and commu- nity centers. For more informa- tion about how to achieve a healthier environment for Delaware's kids, contact Tobacco Free Delaware at 302-655-7258, or visit the Healthy Air for Amer- ica's Homes Web site at <>. Coastal Psychiatric Group The Source For Comprehensive Mental Health Care In Southern Delaware 1532 Savannah Road Suite B Lewes, DE 644-2770 LEWES SURGICAL & MEDICAL ASSOCIATES, EA. is pleased to announce the addition of Delbert J. Kwan, M.D. Urolo Fellowship trained in Female Urology & Pelvic Reconstruction Specializing in Treatment of." Voiding Dysfunction and Urinary Incontinence and All aspects of Adult and Pediatric Urology Including: Prostatic Diseases, Kidney Stones, Urinary Tract Infections, Male Sexual Dysfunction and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Dr. Kwan will be taking appointments at: Box 360, Long Neck Road 317 N. DuPont Highway Millsboro, DE 19966 Georgetown, DE 19947 (302) 945-9730 (302) 856-4092 1305 Savannah Road Lewes, DE 19958 (302) 644-2633 Fluent in Spanish & Cantonese