For this month's Challenge Cancer 2020 package, our partners at WMTW-TV interview Maine Cancer Foundation's Grantee, Southern Maine Healthcare, whose Patient Navigators are making a huge impact in the lives of cancer patients in Maine as they navigate their diagnosis and continuum of care. Click here to watch the video.
What is patient navigation?
Maine Cancer Foundation believes that from the moment of diagnosis, throughout treatment, and thereafter, cancer patients should have access to an expert to guide them through the healthcare system. Patient navigators support cancer patients to ensure that they receive high quality treatment and support starting at the time of diagnosis.
Patient navigation can eliminate barriers to care, including:
“You are the Key.” In order to prevent cancer, according the CDC’s education campaign, all of us can take numerous key steps to increase our chances of stopping cancer before it starts. One excellent example is the HPV vaccine.
What is cervical cancer?
Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. Cancer is always named for the part of the body where it starts, even if it spreads to other body parts later.
When cancer starts in the cervix, it is called cervical cancer. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. The cervix connects the vagina (the birth canal) to the upper part of the uterus. The uterus (or womb) is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant.
Did you know that cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, with regular screening tests and follow up? Review this info-graphic by the CDC and talk with your health care provider about screening that might be right for you.