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.
Making the Most of Your Medical Appointment
A diagnosis of cancer is frightening. Many people feel helpless or want to rush headlong into action. In either case, some find themselves following treatment plans they barely understand. Slowing down and utilizing a few strategies for making the most of a medical appointment can be useful and calming, especially when the outcome of a health care decision will have significant impact.
Preparing for the Appointment
- When scheduling, let your provider know if you have special needs, such as hearing or language. You may want to bring an interpreter or a support person to the appointment. Let your provider know ahead of time.
- Read all of the paperwork that your provider sends, and check with your provider’s office to make certain they’ve received all test results.
- Write down a list of questions. Bring the list with you (or drop it off at the office beforehand).
- Organize your paperwork. Keep it in a binder or folder, and bring it with you. Include: test results, insurance information (including a copy of your card), medical history, current medications, contact information of all of your doctors, a calendar of appointments, appointments notes, etc.
- Ask someone who is a good listener and note-taker to be your support person and to attend the appointment with you. Beforehand, discuss with this person how they can help.
- Bring a recording device. (Ahead of time, ask your provider if you may record your session.)
At the Appointment
- Introduce yourself and the people with you.
- Remind the provider that you will be recording the session.
- Discuss all medications that you are taking, including: herbs, vitamins, home remedies, etc.
- Ask about treatment options. (Keep an open mind about the information provided.)
- Ask the questions on your list and any additional questions that arise. Make certain that you understand the answers.
- Find out whom to call if you have additional questions after you leave.
- Ask what comes next. When is your next appointment? What tests do you need? Why are you doing this treatment?
- Review the information with your support person. (Read over the notes and/or listen to the recording. Make sure you understand everything. Write a list of additional questions (if you have any), and call the provider’s office for answers.
- Put any papers that you received into your health binder.
- Remember, if you feel uncertain about information, you have the option of getting a second opinion from a different health care provider.
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!