Sarah DunawayBrit/LitMrs. Maxwell9-28-11 For my senior project I chose to do a foundation to raise money the NortheastGeorgia cancer foundation. A non profit organization whos goal is to help the financial problemof cancer for patients that meet the eligibility to need help. This foundation helps the patientswith the basic needs help. The foundation helps the patients with the basic needs for examplefood, housing, utilities, and medication. (www.cancerfoundationofnega.com) The drive behindthis organization being founded was because the physicians of the area noticed after treating alarge number of patients that they need financial help. The physicians realized when someonegets cancer the family suffers emotionally but also financially. The organization focuses on thearea they take care of there people. Some of the qualifications you have to meet include youliving in the service area of Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Hart, Jackson,Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Stephens, and Walton counties. The patientsmust be at least 18 years old. Must have a cancer certified diagnosis by a healthcare provider.The patient has to be within a 3 month post treatment period or be receiving active chemotherapyor radiation hormone therapy. The patient has to have a household income of less or equal to200% of the 2011 Federal Poverty Limits(www.cancerfoundationofnega.com) There are manydifferent types of cancer out there and many different centers to treat patients. The American cancer society estimates for breast cancer in U.S. For 2011. There areabout 57,650 new cases of cases of invasive breast cancer in just women alone. There are about
39,520 deaths from breast cancer in women. Other then skin cancer breast cancer is the mostcommon among women in the U.S. It is the second leading cause of a cancer death in womenright after lung cancer. The chances of a woman having a case of invasive breast cancersometime during her life in about less then one in eight, but the chance of actually dying frombreast cancer is about 1 in 35. Death rates have been going down this can result from finding thecancer in the early stages. (Americancancerfund.org) what causes breast cancer ? Changes inDNA could cause normal breast cells to become cancer DNA. Breast cancer can be caused byDNA changes that have been inherited could increase the risk for developing cancer and causethe cancer that run in some families. Because it keeps getting inherited from generation togeneration the cells change. DNA changes happen in single breast cells during a woman’s liferather then passed down to her. Breast cancer can not be prevented completely but there are wayto lower the risk. Limit alcohol use, exercise regularly and stay at a healthy weight, have a lowerrisk of getting breast cancer woman who choose no to breast feed for even several months canlower the risk on getting breast cancer. (www.Americancancerfund.org) Lung cancer there are more than 400,000 lung cancer survivors in the U.S. today. Whatcan cause small cell lung cancer ? Random, asbestos and the most obvious way is tobaccosmoke. Only 5% of all deaths from lung cancer and been from outside air pollution. Certainvitamins there have been two studies that have found that smokers who took Beta Carotenesupplements actually had an increased risk of lung cancer. The results of these studies suggestthat smokers should not take the supplements, because it can increase your risk of getting lungcancer. A way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is not to be around smokers so you will notbreathe there smoke and also do not smoke yourself.(www.cancercenter.com) When hospitalstell you there is nothing more to be done that just means there is nothing more that particular
hospital can do for you. At the Cancer centers of America they use the latest diagnostic andtreatment technology to treat even the most severe cases of lung cancer.(www.cancercenter.com) Patients that have got cancer and survived can endure long term effects that could bephysical or emotional. Fatigue can be changed that’s one of the most common symptoms duringactive treatment. It is a feeling of the lack of energy always being tired. There are two types offatigue, acute fatigue is a short time of feeling tired (www.livestrong.org). Chronic fatigue is afeeling of constantly always feeling tired and never goes away completely(www.livestrong.org).Not every cancer survivor experiences this issue with fatigue. I specifically chose to help raise money for cancer to help out. Because I have had familymembers that I lost to cancer. Even though I personally didn’t support them financially I helpedthem fight by always being positive even when in my heart I really was scared about it. I reallydidn’t know if everything was going to be ok when I was scared I just stayed strong for them.Them having cancer was hard to watch them struggle like they did everyday of their lives and towatch them go through pain they endured just trying to walk around and put a smile on no matterwhat. When you have cancer simple task are not that simple and easy anymore. I think it’s agreat thing that there are organizations out there to help. Especially the organization that I havechosen to donate the money I raise to. Im thankful for the cancer treatment centers that’s helpedout my family even though they did lose there life because of this awful disease they battled hardand the doctors were there every step of the way. These centers are saving lives everyday and Ithank all the people who work hard to fight against any type of cancer.