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Posted on:
11/17/2017

As statewide organizations, Maine Cancer Foundation and Maine’s Impact Cancer Network, understand the need to connect with all of our partners and colleagues across the state. Last week, our staff, Katelyn Michaud and Heather Drake, took a road trip to Aroostook County with stops in Presque Isle, Caribou, and Fort Kent.

The trip was a fantastic chance to meet with current and prospective partners, learn more about their work, and brainstorm ways our organizations can collaborate in order to reduce the impact of cancer in Maine.  Curious about where Katelyn and Heather ended up? Here’s a recap:

Posted on:
11/16/2017

In our Snapshots blog series, we turn to Maine Cancer Foundation constituents - from staff, board members and other volunteers, donors, grant recipients and beyond - to share important moments in their lives related to cancer. Our series will paint a broad stroke of the cancer landscape in the state, while narrowing the focus into the rare and intimate moments that bring us all together.

Snapshots #7 is the story of Mike Monahan as he shares his struggle with tobacco and the resources helping him quit.

Posted on:
11/09/2017

 

On Tuesday, October 17th, Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF) staff members joined 360 public health professionals at one of our favorite events of the year: the Maine Public Health Association’s (MPHA) Annual Meeting.

Posted on:
11/06/2017

Challenge Cancer 2020 is our visionary initiative to cut cancer rates in Maine by 2020. Our goal for a Maine less burdened by cancer requires active participation from people and communities across the state. Our success depends on inviting key stakeholders to the table to share strategy, tactics, and experience.

We recently sat down with one of our stakeholders: Sarah Mayberry, Program Manager of MaineHealth’s Center for Tobacco Independence. Before moving to Maine Health, Sarah was the head of the Breathe Easy Coalition (BEC), which received several Maine Cancer Foundation tobacco prevention grants.  She currently serves on MCF’s Board of Directors, to help us understand the importance of tobacco use prevention in Maine.

When Sarah was young, she dreamed of going into the medical profession. She grew up in Norway, Maine, and eventually attended the University of Southern Maine where her early dreams directed her studies in human biology and biochemistry. While she had no formal plans to enter the public health arena, her first jobs out of college set the wheels in motion.

Posted on:
10/27/2017

Did you know that the Maine Breast Cancer Support Specialty License Plate benefits Maine Cancer Foundation?  The proceeds from vehicles that are registered with the Breast Cancer Support Specialty Plate are distributed equally among programs across Maine that support breast and cervical health programs, including Maine Cancer Foundation.

The fee to register your plate is $20 in addition to the regular registration fee, and each renewal is $15 thereafter.

Since the programs's inception, MCF has received $551,000!  We are thankful for the BMV in helping us challenge cancer.

Posted on:
10/25/2017

Maine Cancer Foundation has announced a recent funding award of $375,000 to foster the development of a commercially available early test for estrogen negative breast cancer.  Dr. Srinidi Mohan, an assistant professor in the University of New England College of Pharmacy has received a provisional patent for his early detection and disease monitoring method, which uses a marker in the blood to detect the presence of highly aggressive tumors and to help track cancer growth.

This groundbreaking work aligns with MCF’s mission of reducing incidence and mortality of cancer throughout Maine. 

To hear more, check out this month’s Challenge Cancer 2020 package from our partners at WMTW-WV as they interview Dr. Mohan and our own Program Director, Aysha Sheikh.

#togetherwecan #challengecancer2020

 

Posted on:
10/17/2017

According to the 2014 Maine Cancer Surveillance Report, “Maine females have a higher prevalence of breast cancer screening compared to U.S. females.” A portion of the statistic can be contributed to Maine CDC’s Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP), which provides “breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to underserved women” (MBCHP website). Women who qualify receive free clinical breast and pelvic exams at provider locations statewide.

“Last year, we served approximately 3,000 unique Maine women,” said Program Director Maryann Zuremba. “Out of those 3,000 women, we covered 2,682 mammograms. Our program also covers ultrasounds and biopsies if necessary too.”

Posted on:
10/06/2017

In our Snapshots blog series, we turn to Maine Cancer Foundation constituents - from staff, board members and other volunteers, donors, grant recipients and beyond - to share important moments in their lives related to cancer. Our series will paint a broad stroke of the cancer landscape in the state, while narrowing the focus into the rare and intimate moments that bring us all together.

Snapshots #6 is the story of Maine Cancer Foundation’s Event Manager, Julia Bachelder. At 23 she found out she was a BRCA 2 carrier, she shares how she navigates through her journey.
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“My grandfather died of breast cancer,” said Julia Bachelder, Maine Cancer Foundation’s Events Manager. Growing up, I knew he’d passed away from cancer, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned he’d had breast cancer. Statistically, women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but genetics play a large role in the diagnosis of men. “My dad asked my sister if we wanted him to be tested [for the breast cancer gene],” she reflected. “Some people want to know and some people don’t.” Julia and her sister asked her father to be tested, and they learned he was a carrier.

Posted on:
09/21/2017

For this month's Challenge Cancer 2020 package, our partners at WMTW-TV interview Maine Cancer Foundation grantee, Dr. Paul Han with Maine Medical Center, and Terry Kunjel with Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer.  

For the month of September Maine Cancer Foundation is focusing on men's health and prostate cancer.  Shared decision making is critical to patient centered health care and can lead to a healthier Maine.  

#togetherwecan #challengecancer2020

 

Posted on:
09/12/2017

In our Snapshots blog series, we turn to Maine Cancer Foundation constituents - from staff, board members and other volunteers, donors, grant recipients and beyond - to share important moments in their lives related to cancer. Our series will paint a broad stroke of the cancer landscape in the state, while narrowing the focus into the rare and intimate moments that bring us all together.

Snapshots #6 is the story of Jon Henry, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at just 44 years old. His treatment caused life-altering side effects, but even in the midst of challenges, Jon found camaraderie and healing. 

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