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World Cancer Day - February 4, 2014


World Cancer Day is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease. This year's World Cancer Declaration is to “Reduce the stigma and dispel myths about cancer: "Debunk the myths".

Myth 1: We don't need to talk about cancer

For most people, a diagnosis of cancer is a life-changing event commonly evoking feelings of shock, fear, anger, sadness, loneliness and anxiety. Talking about cancer to partners, family members, friends and colleagues can help to alleviate these feelings. In many settings cancer remains a taboo topic. Don't let other people's fears keep you from talking about cancer. If you have cancer and want to talk call the American Cancer Society  or Kathy Yeatman-Stock, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center's Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center at 909.865-9958.

Myth 2: There are no signs or symptoms of cancer

It is important for individuals to be aware of, and educated in, recognizing the signs and symptoms for cancer when possible! Awareness is the first step to early detection and improving cancer outcomes. It's indisputable that many cancers, including breast, cervical, skin, oral and colorectal, all benefit from early detection. With few exceptions, early stage cancers are more treatable than late stage cancers. Observe regular screening opportunities and become educated about the signs and symptoms of cancer. Visit our Cancer Care Center's free Patient Library and become familiar with the signs and symptoms of cancer.

Myth 3: There is nothing I can do about cancer

Global, regional and national policies and programs that promote healthy lifestyles are essential to reducing cancers that are caused by factors such as harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity. Tobacco use is the most common risk factor and is linked to 71% of lung cancer deaths and for at least 22 % of all cancer deaths. Learn more about what you can do to help avoid cancer. Visit our Cancer Care Center's free Patient Library and learn more about healthy lifestyles and other ways to help reduce your risks of a cancer diagnosis.

Myth 4: I don't have the right to cancer care

In many countries access to cancer care is due to a lack of awareness, resources and availability of affordable and quality cancer services. In the United States everyone should be able to find cancer care regardless of insurance, income or other socio-economic conditions. At Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center we have a variety of programs to help individuals qualify for care they may not be able to afford. We also maintain resources and referrals to many other facilities and program should we lack the specific care you require. Regardless of the circumstances we are here to help you get the care you need. Please call Martha Osborne, RN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator and Lung Health Nurse Navigator at The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center at 909.865-9691.

By Kathy Roche
Manager, Public Relations

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