The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County is a grassroots organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Mendocino County faced with cancer.

The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County’s Patient Navigation program provides cancer patients, cancer survivors, and the circle of family and friends who support them the information and support they need to understand and manage diagnostic and treatment options, surmount financial and logistic hurdles, and maintain their family and professional life while undergoing treatment. As one of only two stand-alone centers between Marin County and the California-Oregon border, CRCMC’s services are a vital resource for Mendocino County residents. Ask us how we can help you today.
Consultation Planners help our clients prepare for an upcoming medical appointment by working with them to organize and prioritize questions and concerns they may have. Consultation Recorders accompany our clients to the appointment and facilitate the session with the doctor to ensure that the client has all questions and concerns addressed and understands the information that is dispensed.
In cooperation with the Community Foundation’s Foster Fund, CRCMC works with paitents who are undergoing treatment away from their hometown to help them access transportation and lodging services. We understand the financial burden placed on families who need to travel to access critical medical services. Let us help you ease that burden.
We offer a collection of the latest books, audio and video tapes on a variety of subjects related to health and cancer. Books may be checked out for two weeks. Ask our patient navigatiors if they have any titles to recommend!
We offer support groups for men and women through both offices. To learn more about the times and dates, please visit support group listings or events.
The Cancer Resource Centers is completely funded through donations and grants. Our funders and donors make it possible for our services to be provided at no cost from offices located in Mendocino and Ukiah. Make a donation today!

 

A book in our lending library.

A book in our lending library.

We sponsor a variety of support groups located in Mendocino, Fort Bragg, and Ukiah.Our offices house up-to-date lending libraries on subjects such as diagnosis specific information, stress management, relaxation, nutrition, and personal stories from people facing cancer. We provide referrals to community resources. We offer our clients hats, wigs, breast prosthesis, and bras. Our medical consultation support services include:

  • Assistance in preparing questions for medical appointments
  • Accompaniment to medical appointments
  • Audio recording services and written summarization of the appointment
Around a table in a house in the woods, the first ideas sprang forth to provide our communities with access to cancer-related services. We were women living with cancer who had sought information and resources and found there was no one place to go to locally. With this very real need in mind, we worked hard, formed a board and opened our doors in the summer of 1995 in an alley way in a room off a garage. We became the first non facility- based cancer resource center from Marin County to the California-Oregon border. Today, over eighteen remarkable years later, CRCMC has become a central, depended-upon, absolutely essential part of our rural community, not only for people who have cancer but for the community as a whole. The Centers has grown beyond our wildest imaginings. So too has the spread of cancer; some are healing , some have died. More and more of us are touched. Our hope is that someday our work will not be needed, that prevention will be foremost on the minds of research funders, governments and citizens of the world, and that the Precautionary Principle will be in place globally. Until then we will continue serving. Thank you friends, for allowing us to do just that.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

One of our Ukiah volunteers sorts  bras for clients, 2008

One of our Ukiah volunteers sorts
bras for clients, 2008

Volunteers are Vital to our Organization! If you are in any town around the county it may be a good thing to hear that business is booming, but in our business it implies that there is someone is our community who needs help. We always need more volunteers to staff the office. We provide training, you provide time and compassion. Below is a list of jobs for which we need more volunteers to provide a variety of services. For more information, call CRCMC or fill out the Volunteer Form and Confidentiality Form, located here, and mail them in. Remember, many hands make light work. All of these jobs can be done by more than one person. Even if you cannot volunteer on a regular basis, let us know your schedule and we’ll work with you. If you are interested in volunteering for driving, please print out the Drivers Volunteer Enrollment Form and Drivers Confidentiality Form, located here, and mail them to CRCMC, Volunteer Application, P.O. Box 50, Mendocino, CA, 95460.

 

Men’s Health: Cancer Awareness & Prevention

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The Cancer Resource Centers’ 2015 information series on cancer types: risk factors and symptoms is sponsored by CRC in collaboration with the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency. The information presented is for educational purposes and is not intended to replace the advice of your health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your health care provider any questions or concerns that you may have.

 

Knowing early warning signs for cancer, noticing changes in your body, and communicating openly with your health care provider can save your life.  Common symptoms associated with cancer are outlined below. If any of the symptoms on the list apply to you, don’t wait, make an appointment with your doctor and thoroughly discuss your situation.

 

  • Changes in Urination – As men age, many notice changes in their urinary habits (like the need to pee more frequently, leaking, urgency, or trouble starting to pee), which can be symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland or prostate cancer. Speak with your healthcare provider if you experience changes in urination. Your provider will examine your prostate and recommend a PSA blood test to check for prostate cancer.
  • Changes in Your Testicles – If you notice a lump, heaviness, or any changes in your testicles, see your healthcare provider. Testicular cancer can grow quickly. Your provider will check for testicular cancer with a physical exam, blood tests, and an ultrasound of your scrotum.
  • Blood in Your Pee or Stool – Contact your healthcare provider if you have any type of unusual bleeding. Blood in the pee or stool can be one of the first signs of bladder, kidney, or colon cancer, (although you are more likely to have a problem that’s not cancer, like hemorrhoids or a urinary tract infection.)
  • Skin Changes – A change in the size, shape, or color of a mole or other spot on your skin can be a sign of skin cancer. Make an appointment with a dermatologist to have a full body skin examination. If a spot on your skin looks like cancer, your provider will need to do a biopsy to examine the tissue. Skin cancer can travel quickly, but it responds well to early intervention.
  • Changes in Lymph Nodes – Lymph nodes are bean-shaped glands that can be found in your neck, armpits, groin, and throughout the body. Swollen lymph nodes can be a sign of cancer. Have your healthcare provider check any swelling that doesn’t shrink within two to four weeks.
  • Difficulty Swallowing – If you have ongoing difficulty swallowing and you’re also losing weight or vomiting, your healthcare provider might want to check you for throat or stomach cancer. Diagnostic tests will include a throat examination and barium X-ray.
  • Heartburn – Notify your healthcare provider if you have ongoing heartburn that is not related to your diet, drinking habits, or stress level. Persistent heartburn can be a sign of stomach or throat cancer.
  • Mouth Changes – Tobacco use increases your risk of developing mouth cancer. If you notice white or red patches inside your mouth or on your lips, talk with your health care provider about tests and treatment.
  • Unexplained Weight Loss – Losing ten pounds without trying to do so is abnormal. Although unexpected weight loss is attributable to several health conditions, it can be a sign of pancreatic, stomach, or lung cancer. Diagnostic tests include blood tests and a CT or PET scan.
  • Fever – An unexplainable fever that does not go away can be a symptom of leukemia or a blood cancer. Schedule a physical exam with your health care provider.
  • Breast Changes – 1% of breast cancer occurs in men. If you notice a breast lump, don’t wait. Speak with your healthcare provider about the possibility of breast cancer.
  • Fatigue – Many types of cancer cause a bone-deep tiredness that is not relieved by sleep. It’s different than the exhaustion you feel after a hectic week or a lot of activity. Talk with your healthcare provider if fatigue is affecting your daily life.
  • Cough – Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have an ongoing cough that does not go away after three to four weeks. If you are short of breath or coughing up blood, don’t delay a visit to your provider, especially if you smoke. A cough is the most common sign of lung cancer. Your provider will test mucus from your lungs to see if you have an infection and recommend a chest X-ray.
  •  Pain – Ongoing pain can be the sign of many types of metastatic cancer.

 

(Sources: ACS www.cancer.org; Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.org)

 

 


 2015 Cancer Awareness and Prevention Campaign

 

Presented by the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County in collaboration with the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency.

The Cancer Resource Centers mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Mendocino County faced with cancer.

 

 

Coastal Office: 45040 Calpella Street, Mendocino, CA 95460 | (707) 937-3833

Inland Office: 590 South Dora Street, Ukiah, CA 95482 | (707) 467-3828

Health and Human Services Agency | (707) 472-2333

 


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Being a woman is the greatest risk factor leading to a breast cancer diagnosis.

The Avon Foundation for Women has released its new Check Yourself campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer.

Other general risk factors include increasing age and certain ethnic heritages. In addition, every woman has unique risk factors.

Breast cancer incidence and mortality rates generally increase with age; in the United States 79% of new cases and 88% of breast cancer deaths occur in women ages 50 years and older.

Breast cancer incidence rates are higher in non-Hispanic white women than African American women for most age groups. However:

  • African-American women have a higher incidence rate before the age of 40.
  • At any given age, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women.

For more information, visit the Avon Foundation for Women’s Check Yourself page!

 

Coastal Office: 707.937.3833  |  Inland Office:  707.467.3828 | info@crcmendocino.org | P.O. Box 50, Mendocino, CA 95460