Mission Moments *Your cell phone can help someone who is battling cancer….. Everyone take out your cell phone. Program in this toll free number: (800).227.2345 Tag it as “Cancer Information”. This is the ACS cancer information number and by doing this, you will always have the toll-free number available should you need to share it. How many times in a casual conversation do we learn of family or friends who know someone who is fighting their battle against cancer? By having the ACS toll-free number programmed in our phones we can easily retrieve it, share and spread awareness about the services provided by the American Cancer Society. ACS is helping people FIGHT BACK. *The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community based volunteer health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. This is the REASon why we Relay: R – Research ($100 million dollars goes towards research programs) E – Education (2/3 of cancer deaths are preventable) A – Advocacy (ACS CAN is the sister organization that holds government candidates and lawmakers accountable for their positions on cancer) S – Service (Services are provided 24/7 365 for free) ACS is helping people FIGHT BACK. *Mission Moment: Nutrition The American Cancer Society recommends that we all: Maintain a healthy body weight Be physically active for at least 30 minutes per day Aim for at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day Eat a variety of wholegrain and high fiber foods – ensure at least 2 servings of wholegrain foods are consumed every day (or ensure about half your daily servings of breads and cereals are wholegrain varieties) Have moderate amounts of lean meat and limit or avoid processed meat Limit or avoid drinking alcohol Choose foods low in salt, sugar and fat, particularly saturated fat ACS is helping people STAY WELL. *Mission Moment: Facts About Healthy Eating Healthy eating along with physical activity can reduce cancer rates by up to one third Other benefits include: managing your weight, preventing heart disease and high blood pressure Wholegrain and high fiber foods decreases the risk of colon cancer Eating fruits and vegetables protect against: mouth, pharyngeal, laryngeal, esophageal, stomach, colon, lung, bladder, kidney, ovarian and prostate cancers ACS is helping people STAY WELL. *Mission Moment: Tips for increasing your daily fruit and vegetable intake: Shop for fresh fruit and vegetables weekly to ensure you have a fresh supply available Enjoy fruit as a snack or for dessert Add fresh or canned fruit as a topping on breakfast cereal Fill half your dinner plate with vegetables Include at least three different colored vegetables with your main meal For interest and variety, cook vegetables in different ways e.g. oven roasted, grilled or barbequed Include salad with lunch or choose dishes which include plenty of vegetables Use frozen, dried or canned vegetables and fruit if fresh is not on hand Adapt your recipes to include more vegetables, (e.g. add carrot, celery and peas to a sauce) ACS is helping people STAY WELL. *ROAD TO RECOVERY Every day thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need. Call 1-800-227-2345 if you need transportation, or if you want to volunteer to drive ACS is helping people GET WELL. *Mission Moment: Sun Smart (short version) The American Cancer Society recommends that we all: Do an all over body check every 3 months Protect yourself against the sun: - slip on a closely woven, long sleeved shirt (natural fibers are coolest) - slop on broad spectrum, SPF 15+ sunscreen that is water resistant 20 minutes before going outside – reapply every 2 hours - slap on a broad brimmed hat that covers face, neck and ears. - wrap on sunglasses to protect eyes. Sunglasses should block out at least 95% of UV radiation - seek shade whenever possible Be alert to any new or changing spots on your skin See your doctor if you notice any changes Avoid exposure to the sun between 10am and 4pm (11am and 5pm in daylight savings time) as this is the hottest time of day with the greatest UV reading ACS is helping people STAY WELL. *Skin Cancer Facts: Most of the more than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the United States are considered to be sun-related. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for about 68,720 cases of skin cancer in 2009 and most (about 8,650) of the 11,590 deaths due to skin cancer each year. The risk factors for skin cancers include: Unprotected and/or excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation Fair complexion Occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds, or radium Family history Multiple or atypical moles Severe sunburns as a child Skin cancer can be prevented. Practice sun safety. ACS is helping people STAY WELL. *Can skin cancer be prevented? (longer version) The best ways to lower the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer are to avoid intense sunlight for long periods of time and to practice sun safety. You can continue to exercise and enjoy the outdoors while practicing sun safety at the same time. Here are some ways you can do this: Avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm Seek shade: Look for shade, especially in the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest. Practice the shadow rule and teach it to children. If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Slip on a shirt: cover up with protective clothing to guard as much skin as possible when you are out in the sun. Choose comfortable clothes made of tightly woven fabrics that you cannot see through when held up to a light. Slop on sunscreen: Use sunscreen and lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15+. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen (about a palm full) and reapply after swimming, toweling dry, or perspiring. Use sunscreen even on hazy or overcast days. Slap on a hat: Cover your head with a wide-brimmed hat, shading your face, ears, and neck. If you choose a baseball cap, remember to protect your ears and neck with sunscreen. Wrap on sunglasses: wear sunglasses with 99% to 100% UV absorption to provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin. Follow these practices to protect your skin even on cloudy or overcast days. UV rays travel through clouds. Avoid other sources of UV light. Tanning beds and sun lamps are dangerous because they can damage your skin. ACS is helping people STAY WELL. HOPE LODGE Facing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. Yet the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their families can find help and hope when home is far away….an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their families a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Currently, there are 28 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States. To find a Hope Lodge call the American Cancer Society toll free anytime, day or night at 1.800.ACS.2345 Simply put, Hope Lodge is a place created to ease the burden of cancer treatment – a place where we give hope a home. ACS is helping people FIGHT BACK. Community Actions for a Healthful Life You want to eat healthy foods, but your office vending machine offers only sweets and high fat snack chips. Maybe you’d consider walking to do errands instead of driving if only your neighborhood had sidewalks. Leading a healthy life requires making good choices. Unfortunately, the communities in which we live, work, and go to school can make this difficult. The American Cancer Society has issued a call for communities to remove any barriers or policies that prevent people from enjoying a healthy lifestyle. In the workplace - With more than 130 million Americans working, many people spend the majority of their days in the office. Employers can offer healthy food options in the vending machines and cafeteria, inexpensive access to a gym, and work-based health programs like the American Cancer Society’s Active for Life. In the community – With rapid urban and suburban growth, parks and recreation facilities are quickly disappearing, taking away prime places to exercise. Voice your concerns by voting to preserve parks and green space. In schools - Many schools don’t require health and physical education classes and some cut recess to spend more time in the classroom. Talk to the school board about making health education a priority, offering healthy foods and beverages, and requiring PE classes. Find more information and free handbooks about community nutrition and exercise programs online or by calling the American Cancer Society at 1.800.ACS.2345 ACS is helping people STAY WELL. LOOK GOOD…..FEEL BETTER The Look Good….Feel Better program is a community-based, free, national service. It teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to feel better about how they look during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The Look Good…Feel Better program provides group workshops, one-on-one salon consultations (where available), and self-help materials. Women learn about makeup, skin care, nail care, and ways to deal with hair loss such as with wigs, turbans, and scarves. Self-help materials can be ordered for both women AND men through the Look Good…Feel Better toll-free number, 1.800.395.LOOK Materials are also offered in Spanish, and bilingual programs are available in some areas. ACS is helping people GET WELL and FIGHT BACK. Great American Health Check In early 2008, the American Cancer Society kicked off the Great American Health Check by urging Americans to remember one important message: get the appropriate cancer screening tests that can detect cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. The Great American Health Check focuses on the importance of prevention and early detection by helping people understand what cancer tests are right for them and how to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors throughout the year to reduce their risk of the disease. The Great American Health Check consists of an online health tool available at www.cancer.org/greatamericans, where users can access a personalized guide on which cancer screening tests are appropriate, as well as healthy behavior recommendations based on their responses. The Great American Health Check is part of the American Cancer Society Great American Health Challenge, a year-round initiative that encourages Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles to reduce their risk of cancer. More information on the Great American Health Challenge is available at www.cancer.org/greatamericans or by calling toll-free at 1.800.ACS.2345 ACS is helping people STAY WELL. American Cancer Society’s Great American Eat Right Challenge In 2007 it was reported that there was a drop in cancer deaths for the second straight year. The American Cancer Society hopes that decline continues by encouraging Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that can help prevent cancer. For the majority of people who do not smoke, the most important ways to reduce cancer risk include maintaining a healthy weight and eating well. Poor nutrition is a risk factor for cancer. Approximately one-third of the more than half a million cancer deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to factors including poor diet. Being overweight increases one’s risk for developing many cancers, including cancer of the breast among post-menopausal women, colon cancer, esophagus cancer and kidney cancer. Unfortunately, statistics show that more than half the adult population in every state is overweight. According to the American Cancer Society’s Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention, a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant sources is important: That means: Eating five or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day. Choosing whole grains in preference to processed (refined) grains. Limiting consumption of processed and red meats. Visit the Society’s Great American Eat Right Challenge Web site or for more information call the American Cancer Society toll-free at 1.800.ACS.2345 ACS is helping people STAY WELL.
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