Cancer Screen Week (Dec. 3 – 7) Fact of the Day: Lung cancer screening is possible, but is only recommended for some who are smokers or former smokers. Lung cancer screening can be done with an annual low-dose CT scan of the chest. It is recommended for people aged 55 to 74, who are in good health, have at least a 30-pack-year smoking history, AND are either still smoking or have quit within the last 15 years. Ask your doctor if lung cancer screening is recommended for you. –American Cancer Society
We sponsor several support groups that meet in Mendocino, Fort Bragg, and Ukiah. Our offices have up-to-date materials to lend on specific types of cancer, stress management, relaxation, nutrition, and memoirs of others who have faced cancer. We provide referrals to other community resources. We offer our clients hats, wigs, scarves, breast prostheses, and bras. Our medical consultation support services include:
- Assistance in preparing questions for medical appointments
- Accompaniment to medical appointments
- Audio recording and written summarization of the appointment
Volunteers are vital to our organization! In most businesses, it is a good thing to hear that business is booming, but in our line of work, it means that someone in our community needs our help. We provide the training, you provide time and compassion. Ongoing volunteer needs include yard work (Ukiah and Mendocino) and volunteer drivers. For more information about current needs, call CRC at (707) 937-3833. 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, ask for a copy of the Volunteer Drivers Enrollment Form and Drivers Confidentiality Form.
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New Coastal Cancer Support Group for Women Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County is pleased to announce that a new cancer support group for women will begin meeting Tuesday, October 2 at the Mendocino office, 45040 Calpella Street, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Regular meetings will follow on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The group is open to women with any type of cancer and at any stage of their cancer journey, including survivorship and remission.
The new group will be professionally facilitated by Diane Devore, LCSW and Giovanna Pagano, LCSW. Both are experienced psychotherapists who share a long-standing interest in holistic health and wellness and a commitment to providing nurturing and compassionate support in the healing process.
The group will be a safe and confidential place to discuss concerns and share experiences. There is no charge for attending the group. For questions or more information, phone the CRC office at 937-3833.
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
Being a woman is the greatest risk factor leading to a breast cancer diagnosis.
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer found in American women. Some women are at increased statistical risk for developing breast cancer, such as a family history of the disease, but many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no obvious increased risk factors. The National Cancer Institute has a short, online tool for assessing a woman’s 5-year risk of developing breast cancer. It is found at bcrisktool.cancer.gov.
Each woman should learn the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and discuss with her medical provider the screening schedule that is best for her. Information on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can be found on the American Cancer Society website. The Cancer Resource Centers’ lending library has many good resources available for loan, absolutely free of charge.