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Archive for November, 2009

Westbound traffic on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge backed up after wreck

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Westbound traffic was stopped on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and rerouted to the Isabel Holmes Bridge after a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon.The bridge is open again in both directions, but outbound traffic is backed up and slow-going.

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Confusion surrounds new cancer screening recommendations

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

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Doctor Sandra Hall has been busy fielding calls from patients concerned about new pap smear and mammogram recommendations. Last week, a government task force said women should not start getting mammograms at age forty – instead, they should wait until they turn fifty.

“They said from age 40 to 49 that benefit was small, they would have to screen 1,900 women to save one woman’s life compared to age 50 to 59 where you’d have to screen about 1,300 women. They’re not saying there isn’t a benefit; they’re saying it’s small,” explained Dr. Sandra Hall.

While that was sinking in, women under thirty were then told annual pap smears were no longer needed. They were told that an exam every two years would be enough to catch slow-growing cervical cancer.

Dr. Hall said, “It can take ten, sometimes 20 years to grow. We know a lot more about cervical cancer these days, about the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer, and it isn’t women being screened dying from cervical cancer, it’s women who aren’t being screened.”

Still, Doctor Hall said it is important to remember this task force is made up of people who aren’t oncologists, treating cancer on a regular basis. These recommendations do not apply to everyone, especially if you have ever had an abnormal pap smear or a history of cancer in your family.

“I think the most important thing is to talk to your doctor. Your individual risk is so important and these are general recommendations, they’re not mandates,” added Dr. Hall.

So even though it is now recommended that women under thirty, who have never had an abnormal pap smear, wait two years between tests, Doctor Hall said you still need a pelvic exam every year.

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videoConfusion. That describes what many women are feeling after new recommendations about breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings. WWAY’s Marcy Cuevas spoke with an OB/GYN who said members of the medical community are taking that advice with a grain of salt.

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RBC Bank in Hanover Center robbed

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The bank is near a Bank of America branch at 3305 Oleander Drive that was robbed Nov. 3. Police believe the same man also robbed a Bank of America branch Nov. 10 at 3500 College Road.

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NC man can’t afford hot dog, rams car into stand

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

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CARY — Police say a North Carolina man rammed his car into a hot dog stand when the vendor refused to sell him a hot dog and drink for a dollar.

WRAL reports that 23-year-old David Kelbaugh of Rolesville was charged Wednesday with assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, driving while intoxicated and injury to property. Police say Kelbaugh was drinking at a bar in Cary early Wednesday when he left to order food at the hot dog stand.

Kelbaugh asked for a hot dog and a drink for one dollar and the vendor told him that wasn’t enough money.

Police say Kelbaugh yelled at the vendor, got in his car and rammed the hot dog stand twice. The vendor was treated for back injuries. His name was not released.

Kelbaugh fled and was later arrested. He’s been released on $6,000 bond. A phone number for Kelbaugh was disconnected.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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Police say a North Carolina man rammed his car into a hot dog stand when the vendor refused to sell him a hot dog and drink for a dollar.

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Thousands cash in on free Thanksgiving food in NC

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

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WILSON — Thousands of people lined up in a North Carolina town where unemployment is above the state average in order to get free Thanksgiving meals.

WTVD reports that about 3,000 people lined up in the pre-dawn cold and rain Wednesday in Wilson for handouts of turkey, ham, chicken, green beans, corn, canned collards and sweet potatoes.

The Wilson Opportunities Industrialization Center says it had to turn away about 500 people because it ran out of food.

The North Carolina Employment Security Commission says nearly 12 percent of Wilson County adults were unemployed in September. In October unemployment in North Carolina hit 11 percent.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Thousands of people lined up in a North Carolina town where unemployment is above the state average in order to get free Thanksgiving meals.

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