Hospital to offer mammograms for women over 35


September 24, 1998|By Geri Hastings | Geri Hastings,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OCTOBER IS Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a Howard County hospital wants to help women give themselves the gift of life.

All next month, Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine will provide $50 mammograms for women older than 35 who do not have symptoms of breast disease.

In addition, American Cancer Society volunteers will teach women breast self-examination techniques.

Mammography is a potentially lifesaving X-ray procedure designed to examine breast tissue. Kellie Peacock, public relations assistant for the hospital, notes that according to recent American Cancer Society estimates, one out of eight women in America is affected by breast cancer.

Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths among women, the American Cancer Society says.

The mammograms are available at the Breast Center at the hospital. To schedule an appointment for the mammogram or for information: 410-740-7900.

Breast Center technologists have mammography training and have passed a national examination.

October programs offered by Howard County General Hospital at its Wellness Center, Route 97 at Inwood Village in Glenwood, include a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class and an osteoporosis screening.

An adult, child and infant CPR class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10.

The course features one-person adult CPR, infant and child CPR and techniques to remove airway obstructions. The cost is $48.

Information or registration: 410-740-7680, and enter 3859.

The osteoporosis screening will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Oct. 15.

The fee is $20.

Many women who are at high risk for osteoporosis often don't know it. The screening will help women assess their risk for this debilitating disease.

Information or registration: 410-740-7680, and enter 3891.

Grab a pull-tab

Lisbon Elementary School is supporting the McDonald's campaign, "Pull for the Ronald McDonald House."

Pull-tabs from beverage cans will be collected through the school year. The tabs will be taken to a recycling center, and the money received will help provide shelter and comfort for families who stay at the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House while their children are being treated at local hospitals.

Pull-tabs may be placed in plastic zipper bags and brought to the school, 15901 Frederick Road, Lisbon. A receptacle will be set up for the tabs near the main office.

Pull-tabs may also be dropped off at the Woodbine McDonald's in the Lisbon Shopping Center.

Lisbon volunteers

Lisbon Elementary School will hold a Volunteer Tea from 9: 30 a.m. to 10: 15 a.m. Oct. 1 at the school.

All volunteers are invited. First- and second-grade volunteer assignments will be distributed. Training will be given at the tea.

Parent volunteers are needed to supervise bank transactions at the Lisbon Elementary School branch of Sandy Spring National Bank, which plans to open for business Nov. 5.

The bank will be open Thursdays and will be staffed by student tellers trained by the bank and supervised by a parent volunteer.

Four parent volunteers are needed to supervise banking transactions from about 8: 20 a.m. to 9 a.m. A volunteer will oversee operations at the the bank once a month.

If you can help, call the school office at 410-313-5506.

Summer reading

Seventeen Lisbon Elementary School students -- members of eight families -- participated in a summer reading program at one of the county libraries.

The pupils are Mandi Buete; Alexandra and C. J. Condor; Annie and Matthew Ellis; Kaitlin, Raychel and Rebecca Grogan; Mary Catherine Hibbert; Elizabeth Mason; Caitlin, Melanie, Scott and Zachary Poole; and Grant, Gregory and Kevin Wykoff.

It's Halloween

The Howard County Library is sponsoring "Boo! It's Halloween," a program of stories and activities for children ages 2 to 5.

The program will be held at Lisbon Community Library, 710 Lisbon Center Drive, Woodbine, at 10: 30 a.m. Oct. 21. Children may wear Halloween costumes.

Registration begins Sept. 30 and may be done in person or by phone: 410-489-4290.

Prayer group formed

A chapter of the nondenominational prayer group Moms In Touch International has been formed in the Lisbon area.

The group consists of mothers of children at Lisbon Elementary School who meet for an hour at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at members' homes to pray for their children and the faculty and staff of the school.

The Lisbon group's founder, Wendy Honchel, moved to the area this year from Indianapolis, where she was a member of a branch zTC of the Moms In Touch International prayer group.

A number of similar groups have been established throughout western Howard County. In addition to prayer, the group offers fellowship and friendship.

Moms In Touch groups, private organizations, are not supported by or affiliated with the public school for which they pray.

Information: 410-489-9390.

Bushy Park on line

Bushy Park Elementary School has been awarded a technology grant to participate in NetWeekend from Friday through Sunday.

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