Health
Thursday, April 30, 2015
 
Free skin cancer screenings The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center will offer free skin cancer screenings on Monday, May 4 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call 410-543-7006. The screenings are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer - May 4 is Melanoma Monday, an official day of awareness for the most deadly form of skin cancer. "The key to successful treatment of most types of skin cancer is early detection and treatment," said Thomas M. DeMarco, MD, medical director of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and those rates are higher on Maryland's Eastern Shore. A survey commissioned by the Academy showed that less than one-third of Americans currently examine their skin for signs of melanoma and more than half don't know the signs of melanoma. Dermatologists want to change this because when treated in its earliest stages, melanoma can be cured. If not treated early, the disease can quickly spread to other parts of the body and be fatal. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 410-543-7006.

Senior volunteerism, CHEER services Join the Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities for its May meeting to learn about opportunities for seniors and those with disabilities to get out, find outlets for their energy, and make new friends.

Anthony DelFranco, director of marketing for CHEER/Sussex County Senior Services, will present information on all the CHEER centers in Sussex County, and the various activities offered year-round. In addition, Ann Gorrin of the Delaware Office of Volunteerism will discuss Delaware Volunteer 50+, a program for persons 50 and older who want to volunteer. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 18, at the new CHEER Center located at 24855 Broadkill Rd., Milton. A tour of the facility will be offered to those attending the meeting.

'Become an Every Day Hero' lecture Join us for the next Delaware Hospice Lunch Bunch Lecture, "Living Boldly- Become an Every Day Hero" with Dr. Judy Pierson from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at the Hospice Center in Milford. Lunch Bunch Lectures are organized by Delaware Hospice's Family Support Center to help members of the community re-invest in life and are open to the public. This workshop will give you the tools to manage your fears so you can live boldly. Being a hero isn't about achieving success every time, it's about having the courage to try, learning from your mistakes and starting again. Registration is required as seating capacity is limited. The presentation is free and lunch is $5 per person. Register by Thursday, April 30, by contacting Michele August at 302-746-4503 or maugust@delawarehospice.org.