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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998 - 33 C ancer V/atch Cancer risks reduc(:(:l through regular screenings 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. Breast Cancer Breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer found in women. There are approximately 182,000 new cases of breast can- cer each year, with about 46,000 deaths per year due to the disease. Risk factors for breast cancer in- clude age (the risk of developing breast cancer continues to in- crease as a woman gets older), North American and/or northern European descent, and family his- tory of breast cancer, especially a first degree relative - for example, a mother or sister, especially if the relative had breast cancer diag- nosed prior to menopause. There is significant evidence Breast cancer screenings set in Cape Region The Mammography of Delaware van will stop at four Sussex County locations in De- cember to offer early breast can- cer detection services. The dates and locations are as follows: Dec 7, Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, Bethany Beach: Dec 10. Rehoboth Beach. Planned Parenthood. Midway Plaza: Dec. 22, Georgetown, Delaware National Bank; Dec. 22, Milford. Christiana Care VNA, Airport Plaza. Appointments take about 10 mmutes and depending upon in- come level, some Delawareans may be eligible for a free mam- mogram. To make an appoint- ment. call 800-654-0606. CARE HOME HEALTH CARE Tobacco Free Delaware: tips to quit smoking There are many methods avail- able for smokers who want to quit. including a new prescription medication designed to help smokers deal with the cravings Dessert choices Try low-fat snacks, such as an- gel food cake topped with frozen yogurt, cherry pie with a phyla dough crust o1 Rice Krispie treats. Submitted by Dave Kergaard Pe&apos;soflqt fitness trainer For more inforrnation, celt 227-8095 " that identify- ing breast cancer in its early stages can greatly improve the chance of survival. Some studies indicate there are up to 25 BAHTIARIAN percent fewer deaths from breast cancer when women have regular screening exams. The main screening tests for breast cancer are the self breast exam, breast exam by a clinician, and mammography. All three in combination offer the best de- fense for the early detection of breast cancer. An abnormal breast exam or mammogram does not automatically mean, a woman has breast cancer. Ag with other screening exams, if means more testing is needed, usually an eval- uation by a surgeon and possible biopsy of the abnormal area. The recommendations for fre- quency of screening and age at and mood swings associated with nicotine withdrawal. For more in- formation, call Tobacco Free Delaware at 302-655-7258. which screening should begin may vary. Most providers would recommend yearly mammogra- phy for all women beginning at age 40, although some providers recommend a baseline mammo- gram between the ages of 35 and 40. The clinical breast exam is generally started earlier, between the ages of 20 and 30, and is usu- ally done at the same time as a yearly Pap smear exam. Monthly self breast exams can be started at any age, but it is generally encour- aged starting at age 20 to 30. If an individual has significant risk fac- tors, screening may be started at an earlier age. The exact screen- ing program for breast cancer for any woman should be discussed with her health care provider. Prostate cancer Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in Ameri- can men. There are about 244,000 new cases of prostate cancer each year with about 40,000 deaths per year. The risk for prostate cancer continues to increase with age. The risk is also higher for African-American men and men with a significant family history of the disease. Prostate cancer generally causes no symptoms un- til it is severe, so early detection is important. The main screening tests for prostate cancer are the Continued on page 38 i" ( ILl icure | #j. $   _ ^,o,V, Massae , ,-:,,, care neea. ! #A" '- 1 7_ ..o.aaes, Facials, RetXui:  and all yoU li/" , ( ,,o=;:.:; ,=,=to.. v t   yv-^ ' -.-""nlTll( H/-llJr ,-s_ -ch Zz/-o i .-- i 00.t-il BOltU: ga00-00ehoboth _ i_ 'lll  "")'II ., 2 7 T err a c  -,@ ( 1"1_-"" Bosom Buddies meets Dec. 15 at Beebe Beebe Medical Center sponsors Bosom Buddies at 3 p.m., every 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 long-time sur- vivors. Call 645-3770 for more information. HIV/MDS group meets Fridays P.L,Active offers a support group for those who are HIV pos- itive or who have AIDS. at 1 p.m., Fridays, at Parish Hall, St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Second and Mulberry streets, Lewes. The group is a drop-in meeting. 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