The annual Signal Mountian Lions Club Labor Day barbeque and car raffle is coming up Monday, and as members spend over 24 hours cooking pork butts and making all preparations, they do keep a wary eye on the weather, hoping it will not be a repeat of last year's event when torrential rains threatened to wash the day away. Club members weathered the rain and the public came, but it is much easier if the weather cooperates.
In addition to barbeque with all the trimmings, either in plates, sandwiches or bulk, there will also be hamburgers, hotdogs and snowcones. Then in the afternoon, the winner of this year's new car raffle will be announced, along with winners of about 50 other door prizes. The usual Fourth of July fireworks, omitted by fire worries during a drought, may go off as planned on Labor Day.
Final preparations were completed and assignments handed out at the Tuesday dinner meeting. The guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Joe Busch, an oncology radiologist, who spoke on prostate cancer and new diagnostic tools. Prostatic cancer is more common than breast cancer, he said, and a manogram is life saving imaging for men.
While 50 percent of men are over-diagnosed and 40 percent of these are insignificant, it still is worth it to treat 46 men to save one life, he said.
He discussed several new radiation therapies and the focus in the future will be on something he called 3T multiparamrie, which is more able to find and treat cancers. This "new technology is doing things we've never been able to do before," he said, "but there's a lot we don't know . We've got a lot to do on prostatic cancer."