Health
Thursday, September 18, 2003
Prostate cancer testing
Nanticoke Health Services will provide PSA screenings on 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. There is expected to be a further increase related to the use of the prostate specific antigen blood test. Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a substance that is produced by the prostate gland. Men normally have a small amount of this substance in the blood. 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 take advantage of this service. If you are 40 years old and at high risk of developing this cancer you 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 information on the PSA screening contact the Cancer Care Center at 302-629-6611, extension 2588.
Program for childcare education
Childcare providers and caregivers can enhance their skills with the Delaware First Basic Core Curriculum course offered by Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. Eight modules taken in sequence cover the core competencies needed in the field of early care and education. Students will learn about children’s health, safety, and nutritional issues, study how to plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum, and explore children’s behavior. The program meets the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing requirement for caregiver positions. Classes meet Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 15, and Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 20-Dec. 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call 854-6966.