News briefs for February 27, 2008

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By The Staff

Shelby Energy Cooperative to inspect power lines by helicopter

It's time to inspect the power lines of Shelby Energy Cooperative's system. Because the trees are bare, the winter months are the best time to check for broken insulators, broken cross-arms and other things that could cause outages.

The helicopter service is scheduled to fly the first week of March in eastern Henry County and the north-western areas of Shelby County.

Shelby Energy has over 2,000 miles of line, with a significant percentage in areas away from roadways. Aerial patrol is a necessary supplement to our line patrolling plans.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in helping us to perform our job, so we can continue to maintain safe and reliable service to all our members.

Lack of Access to Quality Cancer Care Impedes Progress Against Cancer

The American Cancer Society, the nation's largest voluntary health organization, has undertaken a major nationwide initiative to call attention to the need for quality, affordable health care for all Americans. As part of the initiative, the Society will highlight the barriers that average Americans, including the 47 million who do not have health insurance and the countless others who have inadequate insurance, confront when facing cancer.

"The American Cancer Society believes that, after tobacco use, lack of access to quality health care could be the biggest barrier to continued progress in the fight against cancer," said Ayron Corbitt, State Vice President for the Society in Kentucky. "Cancer is the number one personal health concern of Americans. Reducing suffering and death from cancer may only truly be possible if all Americans are able to visit their doctor for regular check ups, early detection screening tests and prompt, quality cancer treatment if and when they need it."

Recent Society scientific research published in the peer-reviewed journal CANCER has shown that people who are uninsured, and people with certain types of public health insurance, are more likely to be diagnosed with more advance cancer compared to those with private insurance, and, as a result, are at greater risk of death. These patients face much more difficult and far more expensive medical treatments, as well as a diminished quality of life - unnecessary realities had current advances in cancer prevention, detection and treatment options been more easily available.

The Society also works to help cancer patients navigate their cancer experience through its Cancer Resource Network, which offers information to help patients and caregivers understand their specific disease and diagnosis, make their own treatment decisions, and cope with the often devastating effects of cancer on their lives. The Society also enjoys a long history of helping cancer patients and their loved ones with day-to-day concerns such as transportation and lodging necessary for accessing treatment; and it offers emotional support by helping locate local support groups and maintaining online patient and survivor support communities.

To learn more, visit www.cancer.org/access or call 1-800-ACS-2345. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.