Thursday, March 18, 2004
Be aware of colorectal cancers
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer, which includes cancers of the colon, rectum and anus, is the second deadliest cancer in the United States, after lung cancer. Although the death rate from colorectal cancer has been decreasing for the past 15 years, the American Cancer Society estimates that 57,100 people died as a result of the disease in 2003. One in 18 Americans will develop colorectal cancer in his or her lifetime. Fortunately, colorectal cancers are highly treatable if found early. Risk factors associated with colorectal cancer include:
  • Personal history of colorectal cancer, bowel disease or polyps
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Being older than 50
  • A diet of mostly high-fat foods
For more information, contact City of Hope Cancer Center at 1-800-826-HOPE or visit
New auxiliary shop to open on March 20
The Auxiliary of Nanticoke Health Services has set the date of March 20 at 11 a.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony to open their new gift shop located in the main lobby of the hospital in Seaford. The gift shop team includes Donna Adams, Jean Baldwin, manager, auxiliary volunteer services; Mike Barton, auxiliary president; Eleanor Bennett, Dot Dixon, Lois Ewing, Sally Higgins, Sharon Mears and Judi Thoroughgood. The auxiliary has operated a gift shop/kiosk since the hospital opened in 1952. This will be the sixth location for the shop. Proceeds from sales are given to Nanticoke Health Services to be used for the Prescription Drug Program, a scholarship to someone studying in the health service field and, this year, for the expansion of the emergency department. The selection of merchandise will be expanded. As it always has, the shop will sell fresh flowers, balloons, greeting cards and candy. The auxiliary always welcomes new members. For information contact Mike Barton, 875-9658, Jane Foskey, 875-5629, or Jan Grantz, 628-8478.