Saturday, July 18, 2009

Support NOBCCF at the Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament

Tickets Fore Charity - Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championship

Firestone Country Club
Akron, OH
August 4 - 9, 2009

Support Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund through TICKETS Fore CHARITYTM
Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund is proud to partner with the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament through TICKETS Fore CHARITY, a fundraising program designed to generate revenue for local charities where PGA TOUR tournaments are held.

Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund is promoting the sale of tournament tickets with 100% of the net proceeds from the ticket sales going to charity. 75% of the proceeds will benefit Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund and 25% will benefit The First Tee of Akron, Canton and Cleveland, a program which teaches young people life skills through golf.

Showing your support is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Click to purchase tickets to the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament on behalf of Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.

2. Select the quantity of tickets you would like to purchase (please note that these are for any day of the tournament and that tickets are $35 each). Be sure to enter code NOBCCF to designate Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund as the benefiting charitable organization.

3. Provide payment information and you will receive a confirmation email, with your e-ticket attached, shortly thereafter. Please be sure to print out this ticket and present it at the gate in order to gain entry!

For more information or if you have any questions, please visit or call Misty Laforet at 330.644.2299.

Order Your Tickets Today!

Friday, July 17, 2009

AMA Endorses House Health Care Bill

Great news for the America's Affordable Health Choices Act 2009 (HR 3200)! For the first time in its history, the American Medical Association has endorsed this health care reform bill.

Link to AP story

Link to AMA Announcement

If you would like to learn more about HR 3200, you can read a summary at the Kaiser Family Foundation web site:


Limited Benefits, High Costs of Cancer Screening

Yesterday's article from the New York Times "Forty Years' War - In Push for Cancer Screening, Limited Benefits" we learn that blanket screening of large numbers of people can come with a high cost.

...For example, Americans spend an estimated $4 billion annually on mammograms, according to Dr. David H. Newman, author of the book “Hippocrates’ Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicine.” Some of those tests cause false alarms that lead to unnecessary follow-up surgery on normal breasts, at a cost of $14 billion to $70 billion over a decade, according to Dr. Newman, the director of clinical research in the department of emergency medicine at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan....

We need better, more accurate screening tools.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Research & News Update

Heart Scans Can Raise Cancer Risks


Cancer & Supplements - What They Can and Can't Do


Post-Menopausal Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk

"The increase in risk was found regardless of the hormone dose or formulation, whether hormones were taken by mouth, transdermal patch, or vaginally, or whether the treatment included just estrogen or estrogen and progestin, the researchers say."


The trend for ovarian cancer incidence in the U.S. does show a decline since the first study reported risk of HRT and cancer in women

Free Health Care Clinic

Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 2009
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
W.O. Walker Center
10524 Euclid Avenue.
Cleveland, OH 44106

How to Sign Up:
Pre-registration only!

Stay tuned to Channel 3 WKYC, the week of July 13. Channel 3 will be hosting a phone bank starting Monday, July 13. Phone lines will be open daily from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm until all spots are full. The phone number will be available on this site starting Monday, July 13.

NOTE: The phone bank will be accepting appointments for
All DENTAL AND VISION spots have already been filled.

Appointment Information:
Patients will be given a specific check-in time. Patients should arrive at the surface parking lot (on 105th, between Euclid and Carnegie, directly across from the W.O. Walker Center

This is a program of Medworks, a volunteer program of the Ohio nonprofit organization, MobileMed 1. We are committed to delivering free healthcare to Ohio's uninsured and underinsured population. Volunteer doctors, dentists, eye specialists, general healthcare providers and support workers donate their time to help provide free healthcare services for their community. Medworks' sponsors and partners donate medical supplies, equipment and facilities for the Medworks Health Brigades.

2026 Murray Hill Road Suite 03
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216.231.5350

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ohio Survivors - Yoga Study

A reminder from the Susan Love/Avon Army of Women about the Yoga Study at Ohio State University. They still need women to enroll:

If you are a breast cancer survivor in the Columbus, Ohio area, READ ON.

If you know a friend who might be interested in this study, PASS IT ON.

And if you don't fit and don't know anyone who does, HANG ON...the next study might the one for you!

What's the study about?

Breast cancer survivors can have a lot of post-treatment problems, such as fatigue, depression, and a decrease in physical function. It is possible that physical activities, like yoga, could help ease these symptoms. This is a study about how yoga affects fatigue, immune function, and mood of women treated for breast cancer. Two hundred women are needed for this study.

What's involved?

If you join the Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors Study, you will be assigned to one of two groups: yoga or wait-list. The yoga group will attend yoga sessions twice a week for 12 weeks. The wait-list group will have the opportunity to take yoga after the study participation is complete. In addition you will be scheduled for 4 visits over 6-10 months. These visits include blood draws, questionnaires & completion of mild stress tasks. All study activities will take place at the Ohio State University campus. The researcher will discuss scheduling details with each individual.
Who is conducting the study?

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D. , Ohio State University


Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Who can participate?

You can join the Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors Study if you match ALL of these MAIN categories:

•You are a breast cancer survivor who was treated for stage I, II, or IIIa disease within the last two years

•You do not have inflammatory breast cancer

•You have not had a recurrence of breast cancer (this is the first time you were diagnosed with breast cancer)

•You have never had any other cancer diagnosis besides skin cancer

•You have never been diagnosed with diabetes or an autoimmune disease

•You live close enough to the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio to be able to go to yoga there two times a week

The researcher may ask you additional questions to determine if this study is the right fit for you.

Click here to get more information from Army of Women

Getting Health Insurance In Ohio

The Plain Dealer has some helpful tips today on getting and keeping health insurance on your own. The downside is that people who have pre-existing conditions like a history of cancer aren't eligible for most individual policies. Open enrollment to purchase health insurance is an option, but can be prohibitively expensive.

Don't forget to visit our web site for more information

Plain Dealer Articles here and here

More help from the Ohio Dept. of Insurance here

Above all, don't forget to call or write to your Congresspersons and ask them to support quality health care reform to provide affordable care for all Americans.