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Learning Early Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer is Good Advice

By Karen Oslund Executive Director, Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County Dr. John Rochat keeps an old Ann Landers column in the rack of hand-outs for his patients. If you visit his office under the right circumstances, he might pull a photocopy of it out and say, “this is for your friends.”  This Ann Landers column ran in newspapers back in October 2000, and the heading reads “Early detection is the first step to beating [...]

By | April 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s Horse Sense–Don’t Vape!

By Karen Oslund The good news is, California has made 30 years of progress in reducing cigarette smoking among both youth and adults and now boasts the second-lowest smoking prevalence rate, right behind Utah. The bad news is that a new threat to our lungs and health is already here and addicting the next generation: e-cigarettes. “Vaping” is the word to describe inhaling aerosolized nicotine vapor and other chemicals into the lungs through the use [...]

By | March 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preventing Cervical Cancer

By Carolyn Wyatt, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 13,000 new cervical cancer cases will be diagnosed this year, and more than 4,000 women will die from cervical cancer. This is heartbreaking, because cervical cancer is entirely preventable. Unlike many types of cancer, we know what causes cervical cancer, we know it takes a long time to develop (20 years or so), and we have an affordable test to [...]

By | February 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2018 is a Good Year to Make New Friends

  By Karen Oslund, Executive Director The beginning of a new year is a time when many people resolve to make positive changes in their health, so there will be plenty of articles to read this month about how to eat better, exercise more, and quit smoking. We absolutely should eat better, exercise more, and quit smoking! But this month I want to talk about one way we can improve our emotional, mental, and spiritual [...]

By | January 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cancer: Risk vs. Perception

By Karen Oslund, Executive Director At the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County, every year we help hundreds of people who have cancer, and some of them did everything “right.” It is important to say this first, because although we can reduce our risk for cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices, we can never eliminate it completely, and a cancer diagnosis should never induce self-blame. We are all at risk for cancer. That said, a [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Beware of Fake (Health) News!

By Karen Oslund Executive Director, Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County Recently, a story on Facebook caught my attention and set off my inner alarm bells.  “Sunscreen Causes Skin Cancer!” was the headline.  The story went on to claim that the best defense against skin cancer is exposure to the sun. No! This is Fake Health News! Fake Health News draws from the same bag of tricks as fake political news. The writers establish an [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Current and Former Smokers: Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables (Source: Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, February 23, 2017) Each additional daily serving of fruits and vegetables that smokers and former smokers eat is associated with a 4 to 8 percent lower risk of their developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States, a new study found. The study, in Thorax, looked at more than 44,000 Swedish men, ages [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Colorectal Cancer Concerns

A disturbing article is headlining the health-related news this week: there is an alarming upward trend in the incidence of colorectal cancers in younger people. According to Rebecca Siegel, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society, the incidence of colorectal cancer in older adults continues to decline, but, “people born in 1990 have double the risk of colon cancer and quadruple the risk of rectal cancer compared to the risk someone born in 1950 faced [...]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reflections from the Executive Director

My first month as Executive Director of the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County is drawing to a close and my mind is swimming with hope and possibility. I can already say that I am profoundly moved by the compassionate, very personal work of the CRC staff to ease the minds, relieve the suffering, and make the journey easier for the cancer patients and families we work with every day. I am thrilled to step [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cancer Prevention – Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits Lower Your Cancer Risk We all are aware of the fact that life style choices impact our overall health and that many types of cancer are directly associated with unhealthy habits. Tobacco and Cancer Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women and the most preventable form of cancer death in the world. Besides lung cancer, tobacco use also increases the risk for [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|awareness, informative, prevention, Uncategorized|0 Comments