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.
We are fortunate to have a vaccine that helps prevent cancers related to Human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses that can cause cancer in both men and women, including mouth/throat, penile, cervical, and other gynecological cancers. It is transmitted through intimate skin to skin contact, but vaccines can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.
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.
Cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early.
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.
For this month's Challenge Cancer 2020 package, our partners at WMTW-TV interview some of Maine Cancer Foundation's Community Fundraiser Organizers who are making a huge impact in the challenge against cancer around the state. Click here to watch and learn more about these special events. Visit our website to learn more about hosting your own event to challenge cancer.
The month of December is usually filled with family, friends and many holiday gatherings. Often times, by the end of month we are looking forward to the new beginnings that a New Year brings. As you start to think about your New Year Resolutions for 2018, we encourage you to make these changes recommended from our friends at American Cancer Society that could help prevent cancer.
According to the 2014 Maine Cancer Surveillance Report, tobacco use (including cigarettes, cigars, flavored cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff) is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. With your generous support, MCF strives to help prevent countless tobacco-related cancer diagnoses across Maine.
Since 2015, Maine Cancer Foundation has awarded $1,376,380 to tobacco prevention and cessation projects statewide. Curious about the tobacco cessation and prevention services your donations provide? Here are two of our current grantees:
Peer-Led Tobacco Cessation Training at Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse
Clubhouse International is a multi-national non-profit organization with over 300 community-based centers that create sustainable solutions for people with mental illness. Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse, located in Bangor, opened their doors in October, 2012. The intentional community “improves the quality of life for individuals who experience mental illness by providing social, vocational, and educational opportunities.” In 2016, Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse received a Maine Cancer Foundation tobacco cessation grant to develop a peer-led program for Clubhouse members who want to quit using tobacco products.
For this month's Challenge Cancer 2020 package, our partners at WMTW-TV interview Maine Cancer Foundation Program Director, Aysha Sheikh, about the recent funding project focused on youth tobacco prevention. Click here to learn more about this $750,000 project to combat the efforts of big tobacco.
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: