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
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.
Testicular Cancer Awareness & Prevention
Although testicular cancer is rare, it is the most common cancer for American males between the ages of 15 and 35. It is highly treatable, especially when discovered at an early stage.
RISK FACTORS OF TESTICULAR CANCER:
- An undescended testicle. (The majority of men who develop testicular cancer don’t have a history of undescended testicles.)
- Abnormal testicle development. Family history. If family members have had testicular cancer, you may have an increased risk.
- Age. Although testicular cancer can occur at any age, it mostly affects males between the ages of 15 and 35.
- Race. Testicular cancer is most common in Caucasian men.
SYMPTOMS OF TESTICULAR CANCER:
- A lump or enlargement in either testicle
- A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
- A dull ache in the abdomen or groin
- A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
- Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum
- Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts
- Back pain
Testicular cancer usually affects only one testicle.
See your health care provider if you detect any pain, swelling or lumps in your testicles or groin area, especially if these signs and symptoms last longer than two weeks. Your health care provider may refer you to an urologist and/or an oncologist.
PREVENTION / EARLY DETECTION:
- Currently, there is no evidence on strategies to prevent testicular cancer, but early detection can increase the possibility of successful treatment.
- Some health care providers recommend regular testicle self-examination so that you become familiar with your testicles and aware of any changes.
How to do a Testicular Self Examination:
- Stand in front of a mirror. Look for any swelling on the skin of the scrotum.
- Examine each testicle with both hands. Place the index and middle fingers under the testicle while placing your thumbs on the top.
- Gently roll the testicle between the thumbs and fingers. Remember that the testicles are usually smooth, oval shaped and somewhat firm. It’s normal for one testicle to be slightly larger than the other. Also, the cord leading upward from the top of the testicle is a normal part of the scrotum.
- If you find a lump, make an appointment with your health care provider.
To learn more, please contact the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County.
Inland Office: 590 S. Dora Street, Ukiah (707-467-3828)
Coast Office: 45040 Calpella Street, Mendocino (707-937-3833)
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!