Thursday, April 21, 2005
April is the time to have cancer screenings
Every adult should be screened for cancer because when detected in the earliest stages, many cancers can be treated more effectively and patients have the best chance for full recovery and longer lives. April is National Cancer Control Month and there's no better time to schedule screenings. "Cancer control reduces the burden of cancer," says Bill Bowser, chairman of the Delaware Cancer Consortium. "In Delaware, we are committed to preventing, detecting and treating cancer, and supporting cancer patients, their families and caregivers." Three cancer programs are available to Delawareans: the Screening for Life program, Champions of Change and the Delaware Cancer Treatment Program. These programs offer free cancer education and services.
Delaware Public Health's Screening for Life Program provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening. The program issues payment to providers for cancer screening tests given to qualified Delaware adults. Eligible residents can receive office visits, mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap tests, colorectal cancer screening tests, health education and assistance in coordinating their care. For more information, including eligibility requirements, call Screening for Life at 1-800-464-HELP. The Delaware Cancer Consortium's Champions of Change program attempts to reach African-Americans with the message of getting screened for cancer early and as recommended by their health care providers. African-Americans in Delaware and nationwide die more often from colon cancer than whites, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For additional information, contact Champions of Change, 302-655-1552. DPH's Delaware Cancer Treatment Program (DCTP) provides cancer treatment for people without health insurance and who are not eligible for Medicaid. The program pays for the first year of treatment for eligible Delaware residents diagnosed with cancer on or after July 1, 2004. Fifty clients are enrolled in the DCTP, the centerpiece of the Delaware Cancer Consortium's 2002 recommendations to reduce cancer. For application information, contact the DCTP at 1-800-996-9969, Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.