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Radon, cancer link

LEWISTON — “Radon and Lung Cancer: Get the Facts” will be presented by Dr. Yelena Patsiornik, a hematologist and oncologist at St. Mary’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Patsiornik will also discuss how to get a home tested. The presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Lepage Large Conference Room, 99 Campus Ave.

Registration is required. Call 777-8458.

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that the EPA estimates is responsible for 20,000 cases of lung cancer in the U.S. each year. In fact, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and the leading cause of lung cancer among individuals who have never smoked. Find out more about this household danger and how to protect yourself and your family.

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Military artifacts

AUBURN — Curator Lee Humiston will be at the Auburn Public Library at noon Thursday, Feb. 16, to display some of the artifacts of the Maine Military Museum and share his passion to preserve military history.

The Museum features the largest display of Vietnam POW items ever seen in the United States, comprised of actual POW uniforms and artifacts made in prison which were smuggled out at release, such as a small Christian Cross, a bamboo rosary, the Chinese lock and chain used to hold a prisoner in his cage, and secret writing on toilet paper.

Just four years ago, Humiston’s assortment of artifacts, writings and memorabilia was kept mostly in his house. Since then, the 72-year-old Air Force veteran has been on a collecting spree, taking in relics of Maine’s military history. Thanks to several donors and his key financial benefactor, Gary Crosby of South Portland, Humiston now has a completely renovated, 12,000-square-foot space to share that history with the public.

His collection is considered the largest in the world. Pieces collected by Humiston are on display at the Richard Nixon Library, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Air Station at Lakehurst, N.J., and two of the museums operated by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Nutrition workshop

LEWISTON — The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center is offering a free nutrition workshop for anyone interested in attending. Nutrition for Cancer Prevention will take place Thursday, Feb 16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at CMMC, 12 High St., Conference Room I.

Genetics can play a role in developing cancer. Scientists estimate that a third of cancers could be prevented through diet, exercise and a healthy weight. CMMC oncology dietitian, Jill Young, will discuss how to reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Preregistration is available by calling the Dempsey Center at 795-8250, toll-free 1-877-336-7287 or online at www.dempseycenter.org.

Family workshop

LEWISTON — The Lewiston-Auburn Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative and Healthy Androscoggin will host a free winter workshop for Lewiston and Auburn parents and teens called Families in Action beginning Wednesday, March 7, at 5 p.m.

Families in Action is a program that helps parents and teens improve family communication and problem solving. Families will learn important information and strategies in the areas of courage and self-esteem, responsibility and discipline, cooperation and communication, teen behavior, and problem solving. Families in Action also provides parents with 10 powerful prevention strategies in the areas of substance abuse, violence and sexuality. The workshop provides skills and strategies that will be especially helpful to families with children who just started middle school or high school.

Free meals will be provided to participants. Parents can call Healthy Androscoggin to register. Call 795-5990 or send an email to gagnonsc@cmhc.org. You can also register online or find more information at www.healthyandroscoggin.org.

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