Friday, May 1, 2009

Go Public Project: Part 4

Again, thank you to all who have participated in the previous conversations. I am so proud of the people who are taking the time to comment on a difficult subject. It may be uncomfortable, but these comments are going to help shape the way our country views cancer and begin to open the doors to prevention methods being taught to all people.

This is our last conversation, so please give it all you've got! Remember that each comment is equal to one entry to win a Lilly Pulitzer Rolling in it Jewelry Roll!

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In our final major discussion, we are going to focus on what actions need to be taken towards building a highly successful cancer control system.

What would it take to close the gap between status quo and the kind of cancer control that reflects your values and priorities?

What specific roles can the public play in advancing the cancer control agenda?

What do you think it takes to get someone involved in the fight to control cancer?

Who in your country/community has the power to change the way cancer control is addressed? Maybe consider the role of individuals, organizations, corporations, and people in your personal life.

Thanks for your participation in today's conversation and the previous days. I truly appreciate the input from all of you!!

11 comments:

katie said...

This may have already been said... but I believe it all begins with education. Understanding Cancer, Statistics about Cancer, and possible treatments of Cancer... what trials are being held etc. Once there is a clear understanding is when we will have an impact. Its more than emotional (even though that is a huge part), its understanding.

Perfectly Pleasant said...

I think it is important for people to care control of their health care -- yes we have to rely on doctors for most answers but don't be afraid to get a 2nd or 3rd opinion. And if you really feel there is something wrong and the doctor isn't taking it as serious as you are then don't stop asking and asking and asking. I also think people are afraid to question doctors -- don't be! You have to stand up for you and your families health.

Unfortunatly, I think people do not get involved until it happens to someone close or themselves. It is then they realize that something has to be done. Until you go through the fights with insurance, doctors and all the emotional toll that cancer takes on you I don't think you really understand the fight.

Thanks again for doing this Angela!

Chloe said...

I definitely agree with katie on the education part. with learning about how to prevent cancer comes a sort of responsibility to take care of oneself. we must be able to hold our selves accountable (to some degree) for our choices that directly effect out health.

Channa said...

I believe real awareness, not a celebrities telling their story, but the real truth about cancer. The younger generation does not believe anything will ever happen to them. Awareness weeks provide a great opportunity to bring real light to this epidemic. And awareness of all cancers, not just a few, some people do not realize the true depth of cancer. Live Strong is great but at the end of the day it is an Ad campaign and we need people to know this is more then a t-shirt or bracelet. It seems as though almost every thing these days could cause cancer. There is so much wrong with this statement. It is almost like we think if we put on a label "May Cause Cancer" then we are doing our part to bring awareness. Why not make companies stop using the products that have been shown to cause cancer. We all need to do our part and that includes us being accountable for our actions and our bodies. But that also includes society being accountable for its actions!

Shell said...

I believe with all of the answers...education, awareness, taking charge of your medical care and seeking out multiple opinions, practicing prevention and just staying in tune with your own body. We don't need celebrities providing testimonial and we also don't need to wait until it's too late. We must be proactive and show our support in any way we can. Actions truly speak louder than words.

~Holly~ said...

I so agree with Perfectly Pleasant! My uncle has just found out hew has cancer and it has spread from the colon to the lungs and is continuing to spread! He doesn't like going to doctors and even when he thought there might be a problem he still didn't go! Now the meds he is taking he's been told probably won't be much help and they are VERY expensive!! We have to like Shell said "stay in tune with our own body"! If we think there's something going on then have it checked out! And it shouldn't take a celebrity getting sick for someone to do something! We all should do our part in researching and educating ourselves.

Jules said...

I agree with everyone’s comments today. I think that additional education and research is needed on a national level as well as on a local level. There are so many charities out there dedicated to different types of cancer and I think it’s wonderful, but there is still so much more that can be done. I think locally more awareness could be raised by creating new/additional support/discussion groups, benefits, volunteering, etc. I don’t know if groups like this exist, but I think it would do a world of good to help families that are struggling with cancer by having volunteers to provide transportation, grocery shop or even run errands.

I also agree with holding yourself accountable. Sure, you can get cancer even if you reduce your risk factors, but why up your chances? If people start adapting to a better lifestyle, they can reduce their risk and in turn reduce the number of new cancer cases we see each year.

Kate said...

I think unfortunately it usually takes a personal experience (self, relative, friend) to get people involved and educated. I really hope conversations like these can help. They are the first step :)

Miss Janice said...

I agree with Kate. Unfortunately, in this case, everything is relative. Education about a healthy lifestyle is important!

Shirley said...

We all have to take control of our own health. Like everyone has said,Education, is the key. You must read every label on everything you put in you or on you.
There is way too much bad stuff in our food and water. There is also very BAD stuff in the things we put on our bodies like, soaps, lotions, shampoos. You have to read, read and read. No one can keep you healthy except YOU.

Shirley said...

We all have to take control of our own health. Like everyone has said,Education, is the key. You must read every label on everything you put in you or on you.
There is way too much bad stuff in our food and water. There is also very BAD stuff in the things we put on our bodies like, soaps, lotions, shampoos. You have to read, read and read. No one can keep you healthy except YOU.

 
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