Guys, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Aside from COVID-19 testing and vaccination, when was the last time you went to the doctor to check in on your general health? If it’s been more than a year, it’s time to make an appointment.
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And that’s a wrap! This year’s legislative session was packed with activity, much of it at the last minute.
One such bill, an exciting development for NCC, was SB 460 put together by the Senate Finance Committee that Assembly Ways and Means Chair Maggie Carlton shared was considered the “add back” bill. It provides funding from the state’s general fund to “reinstate” funding that was previously cut due to a large projected pandemic-related budget deficit.
The statistics are sobering. The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates the risk of developing life-threatening melanoma increases 75% from just one indoor tanning session before the age of 35. Indoor tanning can also lead to non-melanoma skin cancers, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, and cataracts and cancers of the eye.
But aside from the statistics, the emotional and personal consequences of indoor tanning can be downright scary.
By Kristen Hackbarth, Communications Director
Have you ever had someone tell you they had a little something removed from their skin saying, “It’s no big deal, just a little skin cancer,” and continue on as if it’s really no big deal? It was a little shocking the first time I’d heard it from someone. After all, it’s cancer and skin is the largest organ of the body. That seems pretty serious.
In fact, it is.
Last month NCC launched ThriveNV.org, our companion site that focuses on caring, connection, and collaboration for Nevadans in need of cancer support and resources. It’s designed with survivors, thrivers, and caregivers in mind, but it’s for any Nevadan who’s looking to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.
ThriveNV.org combines a number of great resources all in one place.
By Steven Fine, Nevada Cancer Coalition
We all have a certain comfort level when it comes to talking about our health. On the surface, we usually have no problem discussing our aches and pains with friends. But when it comes to some of those deeper health issues, we tend to close up and keep our concerns close to the chest. Nevertheless, there are some things that should be talked about in certain circles, no matter how uneasy it might feel. And since this month is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, it makes sense to begin here.
Support for caregivers and family members
1st Thursday of every month 5:30 p.m.
3rd Tuesday of every month 1:30 p.m.
Support from Infinity Hospice Care
**meetings are currently being hosted virtually due to covid pandemic. Event is free.
Please call office to register 775-852-6002 to receive the meeting link.
Why Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.
Northern Nevadans who are uninsured, underinsured or without a social security number can receive free medical care at upcoming University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) Student Outreach Clinics and Rural Outreach Clinics, in Lovelock, Silver Springs and Yerington, Nevada. UNR Med offers the free clinics in a continuing effort to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed health care services.
The following clinics are available:
General and Children's Student Outreach Clinics at UNR Med's Family Medicine Center:
Colon Cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in both men and women and rank among the top 10 causes of cancer incidence in Nevada. Additionally, colorectal cancers have higher rates of a late-stage di