Am Cancer Society Generic.mp3

Sunday, March 19th

00:15:13

Sue Hall speaks with Angie Carillo Director of Communications for the Bay Area Am Cancer Society about prevention, risks and where to get information.

Transcription

Good morning this is today's world I used to haul and you listen to the show and others at today's world SF dot com. For the next fifteen minutes we're speaking with Angie Korea she's the director of communications for the American Cancer Society thank you for joining us in studio today Angie pleased to be here and your title is director of communications so getting the word out on cancer. That's my job the big C word cannot be an easy thing for people here. Now it's not I mean I've seen. Lots of patients come men and I talked to them about it I have they've. Taken part in our services. Have me and called our 800 number and they say. Now I did note that you exist it and I didn't know these programs are available in. So did the doctor give you anything after your diagnosis to. Tell you where to go for help and they sent them and we found it about six months later in our pocket Africa because. When he hears the word cancer. And it goes in and you're just worried about your family what's going to happen to them are you going to get through the process so we're there to help. With the. Which is an amazing service an amazing service my mother is a breast cancer survivor and I know that's the part that in. You know the doctors gave the information which you missed 58 you know I end and I think anybody that gets that initial diagnosis too so. Thank you in advance for all that you do to facilitate. Thank you so we have our 1800 numbers it's 1802272345. It's staffed 24/7. We have nurses oncology nurses. On staff. So if you call at 2 o'clock in the morning because you can't sleep at your worrying about stuff you can call. And have someone to talk to you that knows what you're going through knows resources it's a huge. Information referral database in May be that you need something that cancer society doesn't provide. But we have local resources. In the database of people can tap into and we can be of service in the way. NG tough talk about that where we've come so far over how how the society got started and and how we're how we're doing. Started more than a hundred years ago. And it was basically to talk about. The big sees as you say because people didn't talk about it and there were times when physicians. Didn't tell the patient. That they had cancer atop the family. They had cancer and the patient would become a sequestered from the knowledge and I move. I'm so over time it was people need to hear about cancer they need to know if there's anything they can do to prevent cancer. And so with the cancer society was forms. And then about forty years later we started investing in research. So we have a very robust very healthy research program were committed to doubling our research funding. When he when he won I believe. Because we believe that's the answer. And how we doing today. I can tell you and I know that's what I math sixteen years ago when I started with the cancer society. I am. Children had cancer had probably about 15%. Survival rates. And now they have about in 1995%. Survival rate the survival rate overall for cancer. Has improved by about 23%. And lots of it has to do it not smoking news. Lifestyle changes like eating healthy diet to keeping your exercise. And limiting alcohol intake. But not smoking is probably one of the biggest things. And tobacco use. Affects. 13. Of all cancers. So now we think only lung cancer but it actually. It can affect bladders and pancreas your mouth. Everything now death were speaking with Inge Korea should the director of communications here in the Bay Area for the American Cancer Society where where are you based. But the cancer society our global center is located in Atlanta Georgia. Bank. In most communities has an office that house the American Cancer Society. Located there are our main office our division office is located national media. I'm located in Campbell. But I. And there's probably about 400. Employees throughout the city California. Yeah and once again the 800 number for anybody affected by cancer is 8022723. 45 how many different kinds of cancers are there it is or numbers just to vast. It's too fast for me tearing them that if he could benefit the basic ones the largest ones are breast. Prostate. Colon cancer and lung. That we finding that ten pancreatic cancers making and then get up into the group. I've heard it now I don't know if this is just a wives' tale. But I've heard it at cancer lives in every one and somehow he gets triggered am by and unhealthy. Like you say smoking habits are unhealthy diet is that is that actuality. You know. Nine down that. Everybody has the potential. To get cancer we don't know exactly. What triggers it. I am there can be iPod scientists. Common and make presentations and I heard that. And when you sleep. Deep sleep Rem sleep. Your body. Exudes and signed sic go through your. Your being and they start. They're like. That janitors. They come in they clean up the desk. You know they empty out the trash they sort papers together and then they look around at main site I don't you know. I can't fix that that's kind of not a placement a little sticking out there. So that the next crew the fix it crew. Can come and see if they can snatch things back into place it's one and they can't finance the things back into place. That allows. A little chink in the armor your DNA if you. And who do. When my mom that again I said was a breast cancers that are were referred her because I lived her story with her she's convinced that stress. Was a huge. I am. Not the only but it was a huge contributor. I think it's an overall health kind of thing and if you can manage your stress. And them. It's happened deep sleep. And have a healthy guy. Exercises I said before all of that contributes to your wealthy man harassment physical. And that. Tuesday. In the best possible so now I'm sorry it was and it I was just gonna ask how it does heredity plays into this. Well we know that women that are born with a rocket chain have high percentage. Getting breast cancer. And there'd been some very famous people have. Taken extraordinary measures to angelenos are going up there group to name one to name one. I don't know and I can't say if that's the best course of action I think it's up to the patient and that doctors to me. I know that my. My husband went to the dentist and they found a lump in his mouth and they have biopsies and it was salary and cancer. So currently. And that couldn't stages. They said it's like zero states that we know it's cancer and so I'm he had to have it removed but even sitting in the office. Hearing that. Scary now of course and he was a nonsmoker so we still don't have an idea why Brett. That was the perfect kind of he went from diagnosis secure loose in 27 days. Excellent so skin cancer to I mean the sun and all these other various. Protecting have to Wear sunscreen even me as time dark skin so every once today did. Put on sunscreen in make no I tried to make sure it's in the lotions that I use that way I am not. Not having to think about I'm a freak about wearing a hat anyway my mother taught me when I was in thank goodness I was in my thirties to little as a kid you know we just put baby oil on our facing going to lay out by the pool. Care law and so there are consequences now I'm dubbed you know spot she's in. So mom would say that the day you know Wear a hat wearing hat Wear a hat and thankfully for the last thirty years I've worn a hat but still that damage from where kids. Right and he's to have friends that would see how Arctic could get an iPod ones on burn in my entire life. Because I was whale watching to distract it. Yes so everybody there's a tip break enters an easy preventative medic measure. And you Korea was the director of communications for American the American Cancer Society here in the Bay Area cancer dot org is the web site. 802272345. You are listening to today's world. Fund raising and events I know it's a globally and it happens you know all over. All the time it's a big it's a big part of your existence you have specific benchmark events that. Here in the Bay Area. Our signature event is relay for life. It's a 24. Hour event started many years ago with. Oncology doctors who said you know our patients. Cancer patients. Our 24/7. Fighting his cancer we can give one day. At 124. Hours lets Steve and he just was doing as an endurance. But people came up to watch him and T news helped him and they brought barbecue pits and music and pretty soon it was a party in some of what we do this again next year. Maybe 25. Degree 25 birthday recently so it's been a long time that we have. Relay is in most communities and there's about eighty and greater Bay Area as it a particular time of year or. This all all. It was. Relay season if you talk to mean I say release season is April through August to back those that live in the desert say they're having relays you know now yeah act as I can walk. TI Muncie app for sure for sure got it. And oh what can people do well. First while the 800 number you say red is a prevent it Terry measure we talked about skin cancer and sunscreen and stopping smoking and Lynn wood eating right and and those sorts of things but that they've got the DNA than just gets wet for. Go to the doctor and make sure you're getting preventive probably know your family history up. And if there is a history. If cancer T tell that to your physician. And there are some things that doctors might prescribe or suggest. If you have a history of colon cancer receive start getting screened for colon cancer fifty. But if you have a history doctor might say let's start a little earlier on them. Everybody just you know. Dreads the process of a colonoscopy but am I think there with a long term benefits outweigh the temporary discomfort it is the one. Of the cancers that you can actually prevent if you have screening and they take the polyps before they become cancerous. It happened you we hear a lot about prostate cancer. Prostate cancer it's an interesting thing I'm not a clinicians alike can't say everything that. Sometimes they decide to you we'd watch. Sometimes and decide to be aggressive about the treatment it's just. Aptitude and the person and the position and the states that he cancers discount. We have about three more minutes here are speaking with into Korea O director of communications for the American cancer society and today's world. I'm any any tips 04. Any anything else that people who like you say have a family history. Never afraid. Fears of big big factor. Here's a big factor I'm. Had our relay events we actually do have a lot information about cancer how to prevent it how to discover how to treat it. I'm art cancer dot org is. A huge. Depository. Of information. And they just recently re did the web sites that it's very user friendly you can go in there and just tight end. It's intuitive seek it just type in breast cancer were colon cancer her. Pancreatic cancer whatever. Your trust it and then it will pop it up if you're interested and volunteering for the cancer society there's lots of opportunities and I was just gonna mention that yes we're we're in need of drivers. And lots of patients. Their hardest thing about treatment is getting too. Their doctor's appointments and we have volunteer. Driving program called road to recovery. And we're looking for drivers now if people are interested they can certainly go to cancer dot org tight end. Rich recovery your volunteer drivers and help them get the information they need to become. The unfortunate thing about cancer is that if you don't have it more than likely you know somebody. Who does us and sat and so attaches it touches everyone in society. I am at mr. we don't have tips on how to talk to friends and loved ones that have cancer you asked them is there anything you can do and they say no but there's planning. Yeah I would imagine so that never again it's told freed Tony for seven staffed at 800. 2272345. And as Angie mentioned cancer dot org just a lock stock and barrel of all kinds of information that. You or your family or friends that could tap into. And again thank you for your time and you have been doing this for how many years. 1616 years so thank you for the knowledge that you bring art to our listeners. And to the communities here of the Bay Area much appreciated its an honorable position thank you for having me you're welcome NG Correa director of communications. For the American Cancer Society. This is today's world I'm sue hall and if you like to listen to this show it will live at today's world SF dot com. He could check that out too if you wanna hear this show again or past shows or have chill ideas we would love to hear from you. Again it's today's world SF dot com and we'll be back next weekend thanks Angie.