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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 7B Early detection is key to recovery from cancer HERE'S TO YOUR HEALTH AURA WHITTAKER The American Cancer Soci- ety recommends different cancer screening guidelines for most adults based on fami- ly history and lifestyle behav- iors. It is vitally important to talk with your doctor about which cancer-screening schedule is best for you. Be- low are some recommenda- tions for the most common types of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society website Breast cancer: Yearly mammograms are recom- mended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. Clinical breast exam (CBE) is advised every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. In addition, women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and promptly report any change to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is also an option for women starting in their 20s. The American Cancer Soci- ety recommends some women -- because of their family his- tory, a genetic tendency or certain other factors -- be screened with MRI in addi- tion to mammograms. Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age. Colorectal cancer: Begin- ning at age 50, both men and women should have one of these tests that find polyps and cancer -- flexible sigmoi- doScopy everfice 'years, colonoscopy every i0 yea/-s, double-contrast barium ene- ma every five years or CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every five years. Your doctor can recom- mend the best test for you, and possibly suggest a yearly fecal blood, immunochemical or DNA test as well. The tests designed to find both early cancer and Polyps are pre- ferred if they are available to you and you are willing to have more invasive tests. Cervical cancer: All women should begin cervical cancer screening within three years after they begin having vaginal intercourse, but no later than 21 years old. Screen- ing should be done every year with the regular Pap test or every two years using the newer liquid-based Pap test. Beginning at age 30, women who have had three normal Pap test results in a row may get screened every two to three years. Women who are older than 30 may also get screened every three years with either the conventional or liquid-based Pap test, in ad- dition to the human papillo- ma virus (HPV) test. Women who have had a to- tal hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix) may al- so choose to stop having Pap tests, unless the surgery was done as a treatment for cervi- cal cancer or pre-cancer. Women who have had a hys- terectomy without removal of the cervix should continue to have Pap tests. Some women -- because of their history -- may need to have a different screening schedule for cervical cancer and should consult their doc- tor to find out what schedule is best for them. Endometrial (uterine) cancer: The American Can- cer Society recommends at the time of menopause, all women be informed of the risks and symptoms of endometrial can- cer. Women should report any unexpected bleeding or spot- ting to their doctors. Some women-- because of their history-- may need to consider having a yearly en- dometrial biopsy. Consult your doctor if you are no/sure. Prostate cancer: The American Cancer Society rec- ommends men make an in- formed decision with the help of their doctor about whether ...... to be'tested for prostate can- , Cer. Res/ircfi has not yet proven the potential benefits of testing outweigh the harms of testing and treatment. Starting at age 50, talk to your doctorabout the pros and cons of testing so you can decide if testing is the right choice for you. If you are African-American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer be- fore age 65, you should talk with your doctor starting at age 45. Cancer-related checkups: For people aged 20 or older who have periodic health ex- ams, a cancer-related checkup may include health counsel- ing and, depending on a per- son's age and gender, exams for cancers of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, testes and ovaries, as well as for some non.malignant (non- cancerous) diseases. Your best defense against any form of cancer is to take control of your health and re- duce your risk. Most impor- tantly stay away from all ' forms of tobacco; stay at or get to a healthy weight; get moving with regular physical activity; eat healthfully with plenty of fruits and vegeta- bles; limit'alcohol or elimi- nate entirely; protect your skin from the sun; know your- self, your family history and your health risks; and have regular checkups and cancer screening tests. For information on how to reduce your cancer risk and other questions about cancer, call the American Cancer So- ciety anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit them on- line at Aura Whittaker has a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. She has more than 15years experience in nutritional consulting and per- sonal training. For comments and questions, email awhittaker@, or send mail to Lassen County Times, 100 Grand Ave., Susanville, CA 96130. Lift up a child's voice. A child's life:" Help an abused or neglected child @ Plumas CASA, (530) 283-2227 FOR CHILDREN PLUMAS CASA The business of insurance just got easier with "Stan the Insurance Man!" For more than 32' years, Stanlocally the Carr insurance handling has been needs of many. For experience and dedication from agents who live and work in our communities, call Feb. is spay/neuter month TALES FROM THE SHELTER PLUMAS COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER 283-3673 Friends volunteers are busy putting together new, fun prize drawings and are planning an indoor yard sale Feb. 18 at the shelter. Since all of our good work depends on available cash flow, seeking creative ways to keep revenue lowing is never ending. With the gen- erosity of local businesses and local folk, Friends is re- ally looking forward to meeting the challenges of creating a county where no animal produced is unwant- ed -- where no animal has to live in a shelter because it doesn't have a home. There are many wonder- ful models to shape our- selves after -- counties where no litters of kittens and puppies routinely over- crowd the local facility -- and the dedicated rescue groups of Plumas County are committed to achieve that goal locally. February is "Spay/Neuter Month" and Friends, along with the other groups and possibly the county, will have cash vouchers that can be re- deemed at local veterinari- ans for discounted surg- eries. Please, get your female spayed and your male neutered before their next heat cycle. The surgery is tolerated well by almost all animals and the benefits are many -- fewer mammary tu- mors, less roaming the neighborhood, less aggres- sion, less mess and, the biggest benefit of all -- no more unwanted animals! if you would like to donate toward Friends vouchers we can neuter a cat for $30 and spay one for $60. The dogs are more, depending on their weight. I personally have a regis- tered, purebred Brittany who is gorgeous, healthy and would probably make a wonderful "mom" and be- fore I spayed her I toyed with the idea of a litter of pups. Who wouldn't be tempted to see the babies of a loved, beautiful pet? But the reality is that she herself was unwanted and had lived most of her life in a kennel until I got her from the for- mer owner for nothing. I know the Brittany Rescue site is full of lovely dogs who desperately need homes and when reality clicked in I spayed her without produc- ing more dogs. It's an ab- solute truth that we do not need any more of any breed dog or cat produced until every living animal has a home. We currently have some hard-to-place animals at the shelter. Cleo, the terri- er/spitz needs an adult home; the two 10-year-old neutered cats need a warm, indoor environment to fin- ish their lives in; a lovely beagle with heartworm needs a home (we under- stand the expensive, danger- ous treatment is not the on- ly option). The 13-year-old Lab, Addie, was adopted by kind locals who realized she deserved love, care and a home in which to live out the rest of her life. Let's hope the rest of our animals touch a heart somewhere and also find their "forever" homes. Friends of the Plumas County Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corpora- tion. and all donations are tax deductible. All monies donated go directly to the care and comfort of the shel- ter animals; no money goes toward salaries or adminis- trative fees. Friends is not a county entity. Donations can be sent to Friends, P.O. Box 182, Quincy, CA 95971. Thank you. If you want to send a letter to the editor or a press release, please send it here: After After i