Caring for someone who is sick, taking on new responsibilities, and worrying about the future can be exhausting at the very least. Here you can find tips on making sure you also take care of yourself.
You’ll also find checklists that can help caregivers spot signs of anxiety or depression in yourself or others.
We have our very own page on cancer.org!!!
Be a virtual volunteer in a 3D event!
Second Life® is the largest ever 3D virtual world built entirely by its users. It’s also the home of a different type of American Cancer Society community event – a virtual one. Since its inception in 2004, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $2 million for the fight against cancer. Team members do many of the same things that you see at a live Relay event. They walk 3D world laps, light virtual Luminaria, and make donations using digital currency Linden dollars. In addition, in 2014, a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer virtual event was also added to Second Life.
Look Good Feel Better is a free national public service program provided through collaboration of the American Cancer Society, The Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association.
Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is our aim to improve their self image and appearance through complimentary group, individual and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage and community.
In addition to the U.S. program, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation oversees a global network of 25 licensed affiliates that deliver Look Good Feel Better support programs in countries across the globe. Collectively, the 26-country network has served more than 1.7 million people living with cancer on six continents since the program began in 1989.
To learn more go to lookgoodfeelbetter.org or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
HOPE IS BEAUTIFUL!
Article date: February 16, 2016
By Stacy Simon
Are you getting enough sleep at night? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 70 million Americans have sleep problems that keep them awake when they want to sleep, and lead to drowsiness when they want to be alert.
The NIH says adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night to be well-rested, but that most people get less than that. They recommend these tips for getting a good night’s sleep:
- Go to sleep at the same time each night, get up at the same time each morning, and avoid naps after 3pm.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol late in the day. Avoid nicotine completely.
- Get regular exercise, but not within 2-3 hours of bedtime.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal late in the day, but a light snack before bedtime is OK.
- Make your bedroom comfortable, dark, quiet, and not too warm or cold.
- Follow a routine to help you relax before sleep.
- Don’t lie in bed awake. If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, do something calming until you feel sleepy, like reading or listening to soft music.
- See a doctor if you continue to have trouble sleeping.
Cancer death rates among African Americans have decreased continuously over the past 2 decades, resulting in 300,000 cancer deaths that were avoided since the early 1990s, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society.
Racial gaps remain despite progress
However, overall death rates for African Americans are still higher than for whites. And any progress was found for only some cancer types, while disparities have remained the same or increased for other cancer types. The bottom line is accelerating progress in eliminating racial disparities requires equitable access to services for prevention, early detection, and high-quality treatment.”
February is Heart Health Awareness Month
Can you get cancer of the heart?
Heart cancer (primary cardiac tumor) is cancer that arises in the heart. Cancerous (malignant) tumors that begin in the heart are most often sarcomas, a type of cancer that originates in the soft tissues of the body.
With lung cancer, cancerous cell can be found in the fluid that surround the heart.
Heart disease can be a serious late effect of certain cancer treatments. The actual damage to the heart may occur during treatment, but the effects may not show up until many years, or even decades later.
Keep your heart healthy by eating a diet low in saturated fats, eat more fruit and vegetables, stop smoking if you smoke, exercise regularly and schedule regular wellness exams.
Every year the American Cancer Society publishes a Cancer Awareness Calendar to recognize the many different cancer-related awareness campaigns that occur throughout the year.
Not all of them are coordinated by the American Cancer Society…however, we whole heartily support efforts to create a greater awareness of cancer!
World Cancer Day
Every year on February 4th, the American Cancer Society joins other organizations and people around the world to unite in the global fight against cancer. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) organizes World Cancer Day, which is marked by events to raise awareness at an individual, community, and governmental level to implement what we already know about cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.