Fight against cancer continues on local level

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A guest editorial by Tammy Tinsley, American Cancer Society

Today in Kentucky, 68 people will be told, “You have cancer.”
The American Cancer Society is in your community to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well by finding cures and by fighting back.
The American Cancer Society, Taylor Regional Hospital, community partners and its legion of dedicated volunteers are all working together with the ultimate goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
TRH has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons as a Commission On Cancer accredited program. For the patient and community, the quality standards established by the CoC for cancer programs ensure comprehensive care, including a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
TRH has a cancer committee made up of a multidisciplinary team that coordinates the best available treatment options, cancer clinical trials, access to prevention and early detection, cancer education and support services for their patients and community.
TRH has a cancer registry that offers lifelong patient follow-up and consultation among surgeons, oncologists, pathologists and diagnostic radiologists to ensure the best quality of life for their patients. But more importantly, the hospital offers quality care that is close to home.
The American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, Relay For Life, helps raise millions of much-needed dollars to make the organization’s programs and services a reality. Your 2012 donations made a difference in your community.
Because of your fundraising efforts, the American Cancer Society provided 742 services and programs to cancer patients in Taylor County.
One of the biggest challenges a cancer patient faces is transportation. The Cancer Center at TRH helped cancer patients make 558 trips to the cancer center for their potential life-saving treatments because of a transportation grant that is provided by the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society is helping people stay well by developing guidelines for recommended cancer screenings, nutrition and physical activity, and by providing tips, tools and online resources to help people maintain a healthy active lifestyle.
We help people get well by ensuring our phone lines are open every minute of every day and night to help people get the answers they need. Through our clinical trials matching service, we connect patients with thousands of different treatment options.
The American Cancer Society is the largest private funder of cancer research in the United States.
We’ve had a hand in nearly every major cancer breakthrough of the last century, including confirming the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, establishing the link between obesity and multiple cancers and developing drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer.
If you know someone who has had a Pap smear, a mammogram, a colonoscopy, a PSA test, has taken Herceptin or Gleevec or one of hundreds of other cancer drugs, all of these people have benefited from the life-saving research that is such an important part of the mission of the American Cancer Society.
Thanks to the American Cancer Society, the majority of Americans are now covered by a smoke-free law such as the city of Campbellsville has in place.
We helped pass state laws ensuring that people have access to and coverage for lifesaving cancer screenings and treatments.
Today, 400 lives will be saved because of advancements in the fight against cancer. Survivors are proof that progress is being made. “Silence won’t finish the fight — action will.”
Volunteer your time today and join the Relay For Life of Taylor County on June 14.
For more information on Relay For Life, call Jill Isom at (270) 745-1964.
To volunteer to help transport cancer patients to their treatments, call me at (270) 745-1966.  
For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Tammy Tinsley
Health Initiatives Representative
American Cancer Society