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44 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Oct. 19 - Oct. 25, 2001 Cancer Watch DPH releases Delaware's 1999 cancer data State's incident rate 10 percent higher than national rate Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) recently released provisional 1999 cancer incidence data, reflecting the-number of cases of cancers diagnosed in the state during the period 1995-99, The data shows that while the inci- dence of cancer in Delaware decreased for the fourth consecu- tive year, particularly among men, the state's cancer incidence rate remains 10 percent higher than the estimated national rate. The estimated national rate is determined by the National Cancer institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program (SEER), which includes data from cancer registries in 13 states and cities, not including Delaware. Dr. Paul Silverman, chief of DPH's Disease Prevention and Control section, said the decrease shows Delaware is moving in the right direction in addressing the cancer issue, but serious work remains. The Delaware Advisory Council on Cancer Incidence and Mortality, established by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, will evaluate this data as it continues to develop strategies for reducing Delaware's historically high cancer rates. Some highlights of the 1999 cancer incidence data report include the following: • The overall cancer rate increased slightly among women in Delaware and nationally, espe- cially among African Americans • While the overall cancer inci- dence rate in Delaware is I0 per- cent above the estimated national rate, the lung cancer rate in Delaware is 35 percent higher than the national rate • The lung cancer incidence rate is falling significantly among men, both nationally and in Delaware • The colorectal cancer inci- dence rate in Delaware is 15 per- cent higher than the estimated national rate • The cervical cancer incidence rate in Delaware is 27 percent higher than the estimated national rate; however, the overall trend is downward, both in Delaware and nationally • While the cervical cancer inci- dence rate among Delaware's African-American women sub- stantially decreased in the 1995-99 reporting period, it is 58 percent higher than the rate among African Americans nationally. Aggressive early detection pro- grams help DelaWareans identify the presence of cancer and may be partly responsible for Delaware remaining above national inci- dence trends, Silverman said, especially for prostate, colorectal, breast and cervical cancers. Silverman said programs such as DPH's Screening for Life, which pays for mammograms and Pap smears for uninsured and underin- sured women, have seen increases in enrollment and diagnoses dur- ing the past several years. Statistical data in Delaware is measured in five-year periods because of the state's small popu- lation. Measuring data in one-year periods can produce skewed data because small changes in the num- bers can Create the appearance of dramatic shifts in rates. Because Delaware's cancer registry is con- stantly updated as new cases are discovered, rates reported for a given five-year interval in the cur- rent data set may differ from rates issued previously. In addition, population estimates, which serve as denominators for the rates, are also revised on an annual basis. Only rates in a single data set can be legitimately compared, Currently, the national center for health statistics is changing the way it counts cancer deaths, and therefore 1999 cancer mortality data is not available. For a full copy of the report, contact Heidi Truschel-Light at " 302-739-2005. The report also is available on the DHSS website at w w w. state .de. u s/dh ss/m ai n/hot- topics/cncrdata.htm. Delaware Health and Social Services is com- mitted to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency and pro- tecting vulnerable populations.  CHARLES A. STANISLAV, MD of Atlantic Adult and Pediatric Medicine, PA is pleased to announce the affiliation of Briefly Pink tea set for Oct. 24 Beebe Medical Center's Tunneli Cancer Center will cele brate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pink tea from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the center's conference room. Refreshments and Fellowship is the theme for the day. There will be refreshments and decora- tions with a pink ribbon theme, and members from the Bosom Buddies-breast cancer support group will be on hand to meet and greet visitors. There is no charge to attend the event. Carolyn J. Gover M.A., N.C.C., L.P.C.M.H. Cover Comwlb Psychology SEPTEMBER 11 AFFER-SHOCKS Help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, • Depression, Anxiety & Fear Symptoms may include insomnia, night terrors, inability to focus and short-term memory loss. Children may suffer anger, irritability, anxiety. Some may regress by bedwetting, clinging and wanting to sleep with parents. If a family member or friend of yours was a victim 25 YEARS of the bombings, call the Red Cross. EXPERIENCE Ms. Gover is a Red Cross Counseling Volunteer. Depressive & Addictions Disorders COUPLES - ADULTS • TEENS * CHIL]DREN Rehoboth Beach: (302) 226-3661 SONIA R. SAMSOONDAR, MD specializing in both beginning September 10, 2001 Please caii 00.13oo for appointments. CHWAY PROFESSIONAL BUILDING 1526 SAVANNAH RD., SUITE 2 LEWES, DE Mammography van schedule Mammography of Delaware will be available in the Cape Region as follows: Oct. 22 American Legion Post 28, MiUsboro Oct. 25 CHEER Community Center, Georgetown To schedule an appointment, call 800-654-0606 Fitness Tip of the Week MONITOR WEIGHT Loss Don't lose more than two pounds mr week: Weight that comes off 'aster than that is mgre likely to be red'ffde :t'0"fli' " slo,-down of metabolism Submitted by the )gdCA For tore i'omfign.J... t 8' I • • / Var,00ao..00O CN 00dRI John Coil, DO Paul Peel, MD Stephen'Penny, MD Perry Herman, MD Peter Coveleski, MD Sami Moufawad, MD Jay Freid, MD P.A. 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