October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“Reflections of a Breast Cancer Survivor,” Guest Blog Post, Below

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. Our vision is that no one in Mendocino County will face cancer alone.

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 with 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, CRC’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, CRC works with patients 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. We can help ease the burden.
We offer a collection of the latest books and recordings on a variety of subjects related to cancer and overall health. Books may be checked out for two weeks. Ask our patient navigators if they have any titles to recommend!
We offer support groups for men and women both inland and on the coast.  To learn more about the times and dates, please visit support group listings or events.
The Cancer Resource Centers is completely funded through donations, fundraisers, and grants.  Our 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 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
Around a table at a house in the woods, the idea 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 single local place to find the information we wanted.  With this very real need in mind, we worked hard, formed a board and opened our doors in the summer of 1995 in an alleyway in a room off of a garage. We became the first non facility-based cancer resource center between Marin County and the Oregon border. Today, twenty-three remarkable years later, CRC has become an absolutely essential part of our rural community, not just for people who have cancer but for the community as a whole. CRC 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! 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.

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