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Time is Health

By Karen Oslund, Executive Director We have all heard the saying, “time is money,” but is time also health? This question occurs to me while standing at the kitchen sink, washing lettuce. It is a surprisingly time consuming project because this lettuce was growing in my garden a few minutes ago and there are bugs involved. A thorough washing requires plunging it into water, tearing it up into bite-sized pieces and spinning it dry. The [...]

By | July 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

So much news!

By Karen Oslund Executive Director I was warned! When I first started watching for every item in the news related to cancer, I was told that June would bring a deluge of cancer-related stories. This is because the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) holds its annual meeting in June and many new studies are released to coincide with this gathering. Sure enough, June has not disappointed. Some of these stories are hopeful, some helpful, [...]

By | June 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

After the Bell

By Karen Oslund, Executive Director I recently had the honor of being in Dr. Jay Joseph’s office when a patient got to ring the big, brass bell, symbolizing her completion of radiation therapy treatments for cancer. It was loud! The moment that a cancer patient finishes a course of treatment, whether radiation or chemotherapy, is cause for a celebration. It might be nurses busting out the confetti, or the patient may be invited to ring [...]

By | May 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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