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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Trenton Sun Page 7 - Seniors Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about lung cancer screenings? My husband was a long-time smoker, but quit many years ago, so I'm wondering if he should be checked out. Concerned Spouse Dear Concerned, According to recent recommen- dations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force--an indepen- dent panel of medical experts that advises the government on health policies--if your husband is be- tween the ages of 55 and 80, is a current smoker or quit within the last 15 years, and has a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years, he's at high risk for lung can- cer and should talk to his doctor about getting screened. Pack years are determined by multiplying the number of packs he smoked daily by the number of years he smoked. You'll also be happy to know that lung cancer screenings-- which are recommended annually to those at risk--wiU be covered by all private health insurance plans starting in 2015, and Medicare is expected to begin coverage this February or March. The Medicare screening, however, will only cov- er high-risk beneficiaries through age 74. Lung cancer kills around 160,000 Americans each year making it the most deadly of all possible cancers. In fact, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Lung cancer also occurs pre- dominantly in older adults. About two out of every three people di- agnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older, and the risk of lung can- cer peaks at age 71. LUNG CANCER SCREENING The goal of annual screenings is to detect cancer early before symptoms appear, so it can be cured. The five-year survival rate among people with lung cancer when it's caught in its earliest stage is 77 percent, versus only 4 to 25 percent for people whose cancer has spread. To get screened for lung cancer, your husband will need a low- dose computed tomography (CT) chest scan, which is a painless, noninvasive test that generates detailed three-dimensional im- ages of his lungs. For the screening, he will be asked to lie on a table that slides through the center of a large, doughnut shaped scanner that ro- tates around him to take images. Each scan takes just a few sec- onds, during which time he'll be asked to hold his breath, because movement can produce blurred images. The entire procedure takes only a few minutes from start to finish. You also need to be aware that a lung CT screening has its down- sides. First, it exposes you to some radiation--about the same as a mammography but more than that of a chest X-ray. Lung CT screenings aren't fool- proof either. They can produce a high rate of false-positive results, which means they frequently de- tect small spots (abnormalities) on the lungs that are suggestive of cancer but aren't cancerous. These false alarms lead to more testing and sometimes lung biop- sies, as well as unnecessary worry and anxiety. PREVENTION Because smoking causes 80 to 90 percent of all lung cancer cas- es, the best way to avoid lung can- cer is to not smoke, and if you do smoke, quit. Even if you've been a smoker for a long time, quit- ting now still decreases your risk. Other factors that can increase the risk of lung cancer include exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, asbestos and other toxic chemicals or fumes. For more information on lung cancer screenings, call the American Lung Association at 800-586-4872, or use their on- line tool (LungCancerScreening- SavesLives.org), which will help you determine if your husband needs to be screened. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Sav- vySenior.org. Jim Miller is a con- tributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. J IN BLT Trenton Senior Meal Site Menu and Activities December 15-19 MONDAY Sandwich, Hearty Beef Bean/Veggie Soup, Applesauce, Cake TUESDAY Bacon & Spinach Brunch Casserole, Fried Potatoes, Biscuits and Gravy, Fruit Salad, Cherry Coffee Cake WEDNESDAY Baked Ham, Hash Brown Casserole, Cheesy Cauliflower, Lima Beans, Cake THURSDAY Roast Beef & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Casserole, Birthday Cake FRIDAY Chicken Tenders, Sweet Potato Fries, Baked Beans, Cookies/Fruit Seniors must call 224-9913 before 9:00 a.m. and leave a message. Subject to change without notice. Meals are served at noon each day. To arrange transportation to the Meal Site, call SCT Transit at 800-660-7433. THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, CLINTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN RETHE ESTATE OF ) CHARLES G. RAKERS, ) DECEASED. ) NO. 14-P-61 CLAIM NOTICE Notice is given of the death of the above. Date Letters Were Issued: November 10, 2014 Co-Executors: Michael Rakers 298 Park Avenue Aviston, IL 62216 and k. ,eas .ener on Looking for a gift for the consider clothing containing involve kneeling, Fishburn gardener on your list? A Sun ProtectionFactor(SPF) recommends that garden- short list of items most gar- or UltravioletProtectionera use foam kneeling pads deners will appreciate might Factor (SPF). at least an inch thick with come in handy this holiday "Other items for protect- a washable surface for knee season, said a University of ing skin from the sun are relief. "Kneeling benches Illinois Extension horticul- a hat and sunglasses," she with side handles are an- ture educator, said. "A wide brim hat with other alternative," she said. "There are hundreds of overhangs in the front and "Many kneeling benches can gift ideas for the gardener, back is a great choice for be flipped over and used as and this list will focus on blocking the sun from the a garden seat. items that are kind to our face, ears and neck. Consid- "Look for benches with bodies," said Jennifer Fish- er hats made with natural sturdy construction. Knee burn. fibers that are breathable, pads found in most home "Many gardeners find Some hats also have SPF la- improvement stores can also that they spend more time beling." be used to provide cushion outside performing garden Because many garden for knees. For better cam- chores than they anticipate, chores, such as digging with fort, look for kneepads with often forgetting to protect a trowel or hand weeding, gel that are ergonomically their skin from the sun's rays," she said. "When pos- sible, gardeners should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Sunscreen with Gary Rakers 12 East 2nd Street Aviston, IL 62216 Attorney: John Long Bruckert, Gruenke & Long, P.C. Attorneys at Law 1002 East Wesley Drive, Ste 100 O'Fallon, IL 62269 f SP '5°rhi erisamusti i toolkit."have item f°r the gardeners Kid's Chris s Fishburn added that in addition to sunscreen, gar- deners should wear cloth- Sunday, December 14.8 AM-Noon Claims against the estate may be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Probate Division, Clinton County Courthouse in Carlyle, Illinois, or with the co- executors, or with both the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the co- executors, within six months after the first publication of this notice. Any claim not so filed is barred as to all of the decedent's estate. Within 10 days after a claimant files his claim with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, he shall cause a copy of his claim to be mailed or delivered to the co-executors and their attorney of record, and shall file with the Clerk of the Circuit Court a proof of such mailing or delivery. ~IEMBER FDIC www.tempobank.com TRENTON, IL 618.224.9228 MON.-THURS. 9-4 • FRI. 9-6 • SAT. 9-12 DRIVE-UP: MON.-FRL 8-6 • SAT. 8-12 ing with a tight weave or I Pancakes, Sausage Links, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, Apples, & Biscuits & GravyI I All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast I I AdUltS $8" Children 2-12 $4. Under 2 free, I i KidsChristmasPartyisFREE°fcharge''nc'udes I crafts, visit with Santa, and an early gift from Santa. ~~"k~ I I Yo. are not req.i ed to purchase breakfast to ( - I participate in the Kid's Christmas Party. ~,,j¢,%, ~"~ We gladly accept your donations to the BREESE, IL 618.526.7256 MON.-THURS. 94 FRI. 94 • SAT. 9-12 PANTRY" IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, CLINTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS IN RE THE MA'I-I'ER OF ) THE ESTATE OF ) LAUANA RAE WICKS, ) Deceased ) Case Number 14-P-65 NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION - CLAIMS Notice is given of the death of Lauana Rae Wicks of New Baden, Illinois. Letters of Office were issued on November 21st, 2014 to Michelle Mueth of 607 Pin Oak Street, Albers, IL 62215, as independent representative of the estate whose attorney is Norman Conrad, 474 South Plum Street, P.O. Box 156, Breese, Illinois 62230-0156. Claims against the estate may be filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court at the Clinton County Courthouse, P.O. Box 407, Carlyle, Illinois 62231 or with the representative, or both, on or before June 5th, 2015 and any claim not filed on or before that date is barred. Copies of the claim filed with the Clerk must be mailed or delivered to the representative and to the attorney within 10 days after it has been filed. DATED: November 22nd, 2014 Michelle Mueth BY: Norman Conrad, Attorney at Law ~~r ~oay season to sparKJe. ~~as tree hghts and ~ted houses are magical parts of the season. But remember to keep your tree watered, use only UL approved lights that are in good condition, place extension cords out of traffic and not under rugs, and unplug designed," she added. Ergonomically designed tools are also designed to minimize stress and strain on the body. "Gardening can be a strenuous activ- ity resulting in aches and pains. Ergonomic tools are designed for better grip, including features such as large, soft handles, textured handles, or curved handles. Some are also made of light- er-weight materials," Fish- burn explained. Finally, Fishburn said that every gardener needs a good durable set of hand pruners. "A good pair of pruners should fit your hand," she noted. "Look for pruners with replaceable parts. Scissor-type pruners (bypass pruners) are recom- mended over the anvil type. Anvil pruners (those with a blade on one side and a flat surface on the other) tend to crush the stem rather than provide a sharp cut. Include a holster with the pruners for easy access, she added. "A gift from the heart that costs only time is a coupon for weeding, mowing, or rak- ing leaves," Fishburn said. lights before you go to bed. When you decorate the outside, use only lights rated for outdoor use, and watch for overhead power lines when using a ladder to put up your decorations. And make sure you don't overload your electric circuits, a major cause of electrical fire. Norman Conrad, ARDC #06187941 Attorney for Estate 472 South Plum, Box 156, Breese, IL 62230-0156 Phone: 618-526-2878 Fax: 618-526-2884 Clinton County Electric Cooperative 618. 526. 7282 Breese, Illinois www.cce ci. co m • Your Touchstone Energy" Parmer