Stand Up To Cancer
Stand Up to Cancer
One in three American women will develop some type of cancer at some point in their lives, according to the American Cancer Society. The recently broadcast television program, Stand Up to Cancer, aired on three networks, focused attention on expanding research on cancer of all types to find a cure. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has designated October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to urge women to be screened for breast cancer because early detection can be the key to survival.
Information is also key to preventing this and other diseases, and to treating them effectively when they occur.
Tazewell County Public Library offers a variety of print and electronic resources for information on breast cancer, as well as other types of cancer, and other health concerns.
The Consumer Health Collection, introduced in October 2007, through generous financial support from Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Rinehart, contains more than 600 books, including more than 50 on breast cancer, most published in the last 3 years.
Find It Virginia, a vast collection of journal articles in electronic form, includes the Health and Wellness Resource Center. Search this database on any Internet connection by starting at www.tcplweb.org, clicking on Electronic Resources, then Find It Virginia. Enter your library card number, select the database collection, and search.
Most Americans will be touched by cancer, either through direct experience or through family and friends. Lance Armstrong has established the Lance Armstrong Foundation Global Cancer Initiative to make cancer a national priority. The Foundation has distributed Livestrong Survivorship Notebooks to libraries nationwide as a tool to assist patients manage their cancer experiences. These are available for viewing at all TCPL locations. Patients may request free personal copies from the Foundation at www.livestrong.org.
Websites can offer valuable information about breast cancer.
To locate accredited mammography centers, consult the American College of Radiology at www.acr.org, click on Patient Info, then Accreditation.
For detailed information about breast cancer, visit www.breastcancer.org. This nonprofit site offers information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and side effects, day-to-day matters, lowering risk, and a section for interactive help.
To identify cancer centers, visit the National Institute of Cancer site at www.cancer.gov
There you will find extensive information about all aspects of cancer, including treatment facilities.
The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org also has important resources to review.
For general information about breast cancer, and all medical topics, consult www.medlineplus.gov.
Meeting with others facing similar health concerns, to hear presentations from healthcare professionals, to exchange information and share experiences, can provide valuable support. The Tazewell Area Cancer Support Group meets at the library the first Thursday of each month at 6:00. Cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers are welcome at any time. Contact the Library at 988.2541 or Vicky Rinehart at 988.9343 for additional information.