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November 27, 1998

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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998 - 39 (ancer Watch Screenings important to early cancer detection By Dr. Greg Bahtiarian Cancer will always be a very significant health concern and certain cancers continue to be among the leading causes of death for many adults living in the Unit- ed States. Early detection and sub- sequent treatment of some cancers can significantly increase the life expectancy of a cancer patient. More importantly, prevention of some cancers is possible by early detection of precancerous condi- tions and treatment prior to the de- velopment of cancer. Prevention is also possible by reducing modi- fiable risk factors that are known to contribute significantly to the development of certain cancers. There are a variety of exams and screening tests that are cur- rently available to allow for the early detection of cancer and pre- Names sought for MDS Day service The Sussex County AIDS Com- mittee (SCAC) is currently orga- nizing events in Rehoboth Beach to mark the 1 l th annual obser- vance of World AIDS Day, set Tuesday, Dec. I. As part of that effort, names of people who have died from complications of AIDS are being gathered. These names will be read at the "Service of Re- membrance and Hope," held that evening. The service is held at the con- clusion of a candlelight march through downtown Rehoboth Beach. The march begins at 6 xm., and will end at Epworth Jnited Methodist Church on Bal- ili:ili:iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ili!i!iiiiiii!!ii!i!iiiiiii !iiiiim iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii:iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i The American Heart Association 'is offeriag free blood pressure screenings in December. Scren- :ings are as follows Wednesday, Dee. 2 Millsboro Edgehill, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lewes Senior Center, 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 i Rehoboth Pharmacy, 1-2:30 p.m. Fitness Tip of the Week Reduce diabetes threat Researchers have known for years that vigorous exercises, such as running, racquet sports and cross-country skiing, can pos- sibly help decrease the symptoms or maybe even stop the onset of adult Type I1 diabetes. A recent report by the National Insititutes of Health indicated that even less vigorous activities, such as walk- ing and gardening, can provide the same benefits. Submitted by Robert Cairo, licensed physical therapist, Tidewater Physical Therapy, 945-5111. cancerous conditions. Health-care providers, as well as health care groups, recommend many of these tests. The exact recommenda- BAHTIARIAN tions, however, vary depending on age, individual risk factors and family history. These recommen- dations may also depend on the specific training of a health-care provider, current scientific re- search and expert opinion, as well as the effectiveness or accuracy, availability and cost of the exam. Listed below are some general recommendations regarding screening exams for a few com- timore Avenue, Where the service is set for 7 p.m. To submit a name for "The Reading of the Names," portion of the service, or for more information about World AIDS Day events, call the Sussex Coun- ty AIDS Committee office at 644- 1090. One Day at a Time to meet Dec. 7 One Day at a Time, a mutual support group for people with life- threatening illnesses, their fami- lies and other interested people, will meet at 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, at Beebe Medical Center. For more information, call the Beebe Medical Center Oncology Depart- ment at 645-3770. Bosom Buddies meets Dec. 15 at Beebe Beebe Medical Center sponsors Bosom Buddies at 3 p.m., every mon cancers. The exact decisions regarding apprOpriate screening for any individual, however, should be discussed with his or her health-care provider. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in both men and women in the United States. There are approximately 170,000 new cases each year, with about 150,000 deaths. Risk factors include tobacco use and a few environmental carcinogen ex- posures. Tobacco use is associat- ed with about 85 percent of all cases of lung cancers. Unfortu- nately, there is no good. screening test for lung cancer at this time. A yearly chest x-ray can be Obtained for patients who use or used to- bacco on a regular basis, but the accuracy is limited and often lung cancer is not detected on a chest third Tuesday. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Tunnell Cancer Center conference room. The support group is for women living with breast cancer, whether they are newly diag- nosed, are currently undergoing treatment or are longtime sur- vivors. Call 645-3770 for more information. x-ray until it is in a more ad- vanced stage or even metatastic (spread to other tissues). The key issue regarding lung cancer is pre- vention. Since 85 percent of all lung cancers are related to tobacco use, lung cancer could be signifi- cantly reduced by decreasing the total number of smokers in the United States. Therefore, all smokers should be strongly en- couraged to quit and all adoles- cents and young adults should be educated never to start. Colon cancer is the second most Continued on page 40 BOARD CERTIFIED FAMILY PHYSICIAN Steven H. Berkowitz, D.O. An Independent, Private Practitioner. Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily * Accepting patients ages 2 and up. Participating with most insurance companies. Long Neck Professional Center, Suite B Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Delaware By Appointment Only 302-945-7200 ATTENTION If you have any type of dental appointment at Maplewood Dental Dr. Brace Wright- Dr Thomas Conley between November 20, 1998 and December 31, 1998, please call the office immediately. 302-645-6671 Thank You!