Thursday, September 25, 2003
Prostate canter screenings to be offered at Nanticoke
Nanticoke Health Services will provide screenings for prostate cancer Friday, Sept. 26. The blood tests will be offered at the new Cancer Care Center, adjacent to the hospital, from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.The fee for the test will be $5. Results will be mailed approximately two weeks after the event. Prostate cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer in men. Between 1980 and 1990, prostate cancer incidence increased 65 percent. It is believed that this increase was the result of improved early detection. Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a substance that is produced by the prostate gland. PSA levels differ according to age and tend to rise after the age of 60. PSA can be affected by several conditions in the prostate such as the normal enlargement in the prostate, which occurs with aging. Infection or inflammation and surgery to the prostate can also cause increased levels. There is no specific level of PSA that tells whether prostate cancer is present; however the higher the level, the more likely it is that cancer may be developing. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital encourages men over the age of 50 to have the test. Men who are 40 and at high risk of developing this cancer are also encouraged to participate. African-American men are at high risk for developing prostate cancer, as are men who have a family history of the disease. For details, contact the Cancer Care Center at 302-629-6611, extension 2588.
Expo to focus on women’s health, issues
Delaware Health and Social Services is sponsoring its fourth annual Women’s Wellness Expo on Oct. 24. The Expo, presented by DHSS and The News Journal, will provide information to help women take charge of their lives by creating balance, reducing stress and developing a formula for healthy living. Last year’s expo attracted more than 600 participants and more than 60 exhibitors. An even greater response is expected this fall. This year’s event will take place at the Dover Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Workshops will cover healthy cooking, breast cancer, elder fitness, self-defense for women, mental health, financial well-being and alternative health care. Guest speaker Jackie Pflug survived being shot in the head during the 1985 hijacking of Egypt Air #648 and went on to rehabilitate herself and become an internationally recognized speaker. Her book, “Miles to Go Before I Sleep,” will be available for sale at the event. Registration is $20 and includes breakfast, lunch and all expo materials and activities. Continuing education credits are available for a variety of disciplines. For details, call (800) 464-HELP and ask for the Women’s Wellness Expo.

Dental clinics to get funding
Delmarva Rural Ministries, Dover, and Westside Health Center, Wilmington, will receive a total of $300,000 to increase dental health care services to low-income and uninsured Delawareans. In May, Congressman Mike Castle wrote a letter of support to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration for dental expansion applications submitted by Westside Health and DRM. Delmarva Rural Ministries will receive $200,000 in new start dental grant money to establish dental service for its Kent County Community Health Center in Dover. The funding will allow the center to add to its staff of medical providers and hire a dentist. Its facilities will also be expanded to accommodate the growth in service. For four years, Delmarva Rural Ministries has operated the center, which is federal qualified health center that provides primary and preventative health care services to the low-income populations of Kent and Sussex counties since 1974. Westside Health Center will receive $100,000 in dental grant funding. A report done by the General Accounting Office (GAO) in 2000 stated that dental disease is a chronic problem among low-income and underserved populations. The report showed that low-income populations had a disproportionate level of dental disease and that poor children had five times more untreated dental cavities than children in higher income families.