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Thursday, July 25, 2024


Men in County Have More Cancers Than State Average

By Christine Cote

COURT HOUSE — Cape May County men have the highest incidence for cancer in the state but the county Department of Health is working to get those numbers down.
In a report released last week by the state Depart-ment of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), particu-larly in the areas of lung cancer and melanoma the number of cases and men who die from those dis-eases are higher than state averages.
Women also surpass the state average in incidences and deaths from lung cancer.

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As is true statewide, there is also concern about prostrate, breast and colo-rectal cancer but in these the county runs close to or below state averages, ex-cept for women who die from breast cancer, which is more than 10 percent higher than the state. 
But the number of cases of women diagnosed with breast cancer here in the county is less than those statewide.
The results of the report are based on data collected from 1996 to 2000 and population estimates are based on the 2000 census.
But there are efforts afoot to reverse any trends, which these numbers may represent.
The health department’s Chronic Illness Coalition is working to get the word out that early diagnosis through testing is the best way to early detection and is providing tests for those in the county who are un-insured or underinsured.
Residents can call 465-1047 to reach the county NJ CEED (Cancer Educa-tion and Early Detection) program for an appoint-ment for testing but Rich-ard Colosi, health educator for the department of health is also bringing information to those who may be reluctant to take the first step.
On Oct. 27, a prostrate cancer-screening clinic will be held at the First Baptist Church of Wood-bine, Adams Avenue and Longfellow Street. There will be a physician on site from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The clinic is targeting men 50 and older, those most at risk for prostrate cancer, and African American males who are 40 and older, because Co-losi said this group may be the most reluctant to seek early detection services.
According to the DHSS report, “black men, … have a higher prostrate cancer incidence and mor-tality rate than white men in the state and in the na-tion.”
Colosi is also focusing on women 40 and over and hoping to encourage more of them to obtain mammo-grams.
In mid-summer he said he attended a statewide meeting that took a look at the number of people be-ing screened and found “screenings have gone up and the number of more serious cases are declin-ing.”
This means, he said, that cancers are being detected earlier or people are mak-ing lifestyle changes.
The latter factor is one of the primary focuses of the state report, which list a number of recommenda-tions for the county, in-cluding the formation of a Cancer Coalition.
The county’s coalition serves that role but also goes beyond it in educa-tion and detection services for cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well.
The testing is done at the health department or at local offices of providers, with no cost to those being tested. Colosi said that some may avid testing because of concern they cannot afford treatment that may be needed if the test resulted in a positive finding. But he said that those services would be provided as well for those who need it.
All information pro-vided by residents who utilize these services re-mains confidential, Colosi assured.
Other state recommen-dations include:
• Educating the public about risk factors, preven-tion, screening and early detection, through the media, the Burdette Tomlin Memorial Parish Nurse Program and the coalition.
• Focus on cancer and other chronic disease in school health classes, par-ticularly, “the importance of prevention, screening, and health insurance cov-erage, as well as nutrition and physical activity is-sues.”
• Promote tobacco use reduction. “The Communi-ties Against Tobacco (CAT) coalition should be supported and strength-ened to increase the num-ber of public areas that are smoke free.”
The report also recom-mends action for specific cancers, such as conduct-ing “breast health clinics and screening in October and May.”
The state also recom-mends a “campaign to remind people of the sun’s dangers and methods for effective prevention,” where melanoma is con-cerned. Women as well as men in this county surpass the state average for this type of cancer, although women have a slightly lower death rate than those statewide.
Men also have a higher rate of oral and or oro-pharyngeal cancers but the death rate is the same as the state average. More education about the dan-gers of tobacco use is rec-ommended by the state to lower this number.
Printed information about the symptoms of any of these diseases and ser-vices offered by the county heath department may be obtained at its offices at 4 Moore Road.
For churches or other groups that would like to sponsor a clinic, Colosi can be reached at 463-6521.
Cape May County Herald – Written By Christine Cote /

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