The Month Of April Has Been Designated National Cancer Control Month By The American Cancer Society
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, March 15, 2013, 04:26 PM EDT
The month of April has been designated National Cancer Control Month by the American Cancer Society, according to Judith Migliaccio, Health Officer for the Paramus Board of Health. Cancer is most treatable when diagnosed early. The seven warning signs of cancer spell C.A.U.T.I.O.N:
C. Change in bowel or bladder habits. This is a common sign of colorectal cancer.
A. A sore that does not heal in a normal amount of time. If located on the skin or in the mouth, skin cancer or oral cancer could be the cause.
U. Unusual bleeding or discharge. Any bleeding from the bladder, vagina, or rectum could mean prostate, cervical, or colorectal cancer.
T. Thickening of breast tissue or a lump. Any thickening of tissue or a lump on the breast can be a sign of cancer. A lump on a testicle can mean testicular cancer.
I. Indigestion. Indigestion and/or difficulty swallowing can be a symptom of stomach, throat, esophagus, or mouth cancer.
O. Obvious changes to moles or warts. This is the most common sign of skin cancer.
N. Nagging cough. A cough that lasts for four weeks or longer can be a symptom of lung and/or throat cancer.
If you notice any of the above, you should contact your physician. Your doctor can best determine if you are at risk for any cancers based on your family history and lifestyle and will then be able to order diagnostic testing if necessary.
Mrs. Migliaccio advised that free mammograms and pap tests for qualifying women 40 & over are available through the CEED Program and the Bergen County Department of Health Services.
The program has expanded to include colorectal screening, for women age 50 who meet eligibility requirements.
Screenings are also offered for prostate and colorectal cancers to men 50 & over, who qualify. For more information and an appointment, call (201) 634-2660.
Paramus Board of Health member Inge DiPasquale urges borough residents to obtain free fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) from the Paramus Board of Health nurses. These test kits provide an easy way to screen for blood in the stool, which can be an indicator of cancer of the colon or rectum. After following the instructions, the slide is to be returned to the nurses and the results are mailed to your home. Paramus residents interested in obtaining a kit can call (201) 265-2100, Ext. 615 or 618 for more information.