CANCER COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Southeastern Med Awards Anti-Tobacco Competition Winners
Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary honored nine fifth grade students in Guernsey and Noble counties whose drawings were entered into the Ohio Tar Wars poster contest with a pizza party and a $25 gift card. Pictured l to r: Front Row: Mia Peoples, Ashton Fulton, Lakyn Ogle, Lindsey Furr Back row: Joe Eke, Jonathon Baker, Chase Mercer, Joshua Crum, Teagan Woodmansee
Everyday more than 6,000 children experiment with a tobacco product, and 50 percent of them become regular tobacco users. Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary honored nine fifth grade students in Guernsey and Noble counties whose drawings were entered into the Ohio Tar Wars poster contest with a pizza party and a $25 gift card.
Tar Wars is a national initiative of the American Academy of Family Physicians designed to curtail the fast growing rate of childhood smokers by educating students, mobilizing the efforts of healthcare providers and encouraging community involvement. Tar Wars is co-sponsored locally by the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and Southeastern Med.
“In the fifth grade age group, approximately 2 percent use tobacco, but by the ninth grade, approximately 25 percent are using tobacco,” said Becky Wheeler, CTR, manager of the Cancer Registry Services at Southeastern Med. “By the time they are seniors in high school that rate rises to 33 percent. The most beneficial result of Tar Wars is teaching children how to disregard the marketing tactics aimed at them by tobacco companies and make better choices for themselves.”
Lakyn Ogle, a fifth grader from Brook Elementary School, won first place in the Ohio Tar Wars poster contests. Lakyn’s poster featured a drawing a road map accompanied by the slogan “Whenever you’re tobacco free, you are on the road to victory.”
In July, Lakyn and her parents will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national poster contest and awards ceremony, where her original artwork will be displayed.
During the month of March, Wheeler presents the Tar Wars Program to schools in Guernsey and Noble Counties with 16 presentations and reaches more than 500 fifth grade students.
Tina Kiser Colorectal Cancer Coalition
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Stop It Before It Starts
The Blue Star marks a united front in the fight against colon cancer. If you’re 50 or older, you need to think about colon cancer.
The Blue Star symbol was developed by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT), a nationwide coalition of more than 60 public, private and volunteer organizations committed to raising colon cancer awareness.
EARLY DETECTION OF CANCER
American Cancer Society recommendations for early detection of Cancer in Average Risk, Asymptomatic People
|CANCER TYPE/SITE||GENDER||AGE||TEST OR PROCEDURE||FREQUENCY|
|Breast||F||20-39||Clinical Breast Exam
Breast Self Exam
(recommended but optional)
|Every 3 Years
Clinical Breast Exam
Breast Self Exam
(recommended but optional)
(if sexually active)
Every 1-3 Year
|Colon & Rectum||M&F||50+||Colonoscopy||
Every 10 Years
|Double-Contrast Barium Enema||
Every 5-10 Years
|Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) & Flexible Sigmoidoscopy3||Every Year
Every 5 Years
|Flexible Sigmoidoscopy3||Every 5 Years|
|Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)3||Every Year|
|Prostate||M||50+4||Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Blood Test
|Cancer Related Checkup||M&F||20-39||Health Counseling and Exam of Thyroid, Testicles, Ovaries, Lymph Nodes, Oral Cavity & Skin||Every 3 Years|
|40+||Health Counseling and Exam of Thyroid, Testicles, Ovaries, Lymph Nodes, Oral Cavity & Skin||Every Year|
1 If facing sever health problems that are likely to shorten life, discuss with medical professional about cessation of mammography screening
2 May be less frequent after three or more consecutive satisfactory normal annual exams.
3 Flexible sigmoidoscopy together with FOBT is preferred when compared to FOBT or flexible sigmoidoscopy alone. All positive tests should be followed up with a colonoscopy.
4 Men in high-risk groups, such as African-American men or those with a strong familial predisposition (two or more affected first-degree relatives), should begin screening at an earlier age.