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Health notes

January 02, 1998

Health notes

Washington Co. Hospital

* Medical society to offer free breast examination course for physicians

Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland will offer training sessions to physicians in clinical breast examination using the MammaCare technique at Washington County Hospital Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m.

This technique is the result of research to identify and standardize the best way to perform clinical breast examination.

The presenter will be Cecilia Brennecke, a radiologist in Baltimore.

The training will be free, and two Continuing Medical Education category one credit hours will be offered.

This program is made available due to a grant received from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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Studies have shown that five-year survival rates for breast cancer by stage at diagnosis are: 96 percent when cancer is diagnosed at a local stage, 75 percent when cancer is diagnosed at a regional stage and 20 percent when cancer is diagnosed at a distant stage. The earlier physicians detect breast lumps, the better the chance of patient survival.

This program is to teach and enhance physicians' clinical skills by improving their search pattern technique and their sensitivity and specificity in detecting small, palpable lumps that would be indicative of breast cancer.

Benefits of using the MammaCare technique include: breast lumps in the 3- to 5-millimeter range have been found, in contrast to the conventional self-examination in the 2-centimeter range; the search pattern used is found to cover the most area of breast tissue; and research has shown that doctors, nurses and women themselves retain the skills for a longer period of time.

A recent U.S. Healthcare study found that physicians participating in MammaCare technique training have an increased sensitivity for the detection of breast lumps and more referrals were made by physicians who took the training.

To register, call Jade Leung, Med Chi health educator, at 1-410-539-0872 or 1-800-492-1056.

The deadline is Friday, Jan. 30.

Waynesboro Hospital

* Lamaze class starts Tuesday, Jan. 6

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A six-week Lamaze class will be offered at Waynesboro Hospital birthing classroom Tuesday, Jan. 6, to Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $45.

Learn relaxation, breathing, exercises, the coach's role, what to expect in labor and delivery and how to prepare for the best experience.

The course is taught by certified childbirth educators with a co-teaching style. Instructors are members of International Childbirth Education Association.

For information or to register, call 1-717-765-3417.

* Baby care class to be offered

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A baby care class will be offered Thursday, Jan. 8, at Waynesboro Hospital birthing classroom, from 7 to 9 p.m.

There is a $10 fee for those not taking the Lamaze class.

Learn about general caring for your newborn, such as feeding, diapering, bathing and infant safety.

This class also is good for parents who want to adopt.

Grandparents are welcome. Films will be shown.

For information, or to register, call 1-717-765-3417.

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