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Advocacy organizations not only give information, but also encouragement. There are a number of organizations that support patients with cancer and their caregivers. The organizations listed here support all types of cancers, including skin cancers.
Established in 1979, the Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of skin cancer. They strive to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. Visit the website to learn more about CSCC and advanced CSCC.Visit website
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle.Visit website
CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer. Our services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online, and in person, educational workshops, publications, and more.Visit website
The Cancer Support Community is the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide. This global network is dedicated to helping all people impacted by cancer. In addition to producing education resources, the Cancer Support Community conducts cutting-edge research on the psychosocial, financial, and emotional journey of cancer patients.Visit website
SCERF is dedicated to fighting the epidemic of nonmelanoma skin cancer through awareness, resources, and support. The Foundation is committed to assisting patients, their families, and their caregivers to obtain the best care and outcomes possible, as they navigate their journey with skin cancer. Visit the website to learn more about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of squamous cell skin cancer and basal cell carcinoma.Visit website
Research has shown that mindfulness meditation may help patients by fostering acceptance and by creating a comfortable acknowledgment of stressors. Below are some basic steps to help you get started in your meditation practice.
Anywhere you can remain stable and feel calm.
If you are a beginner, it is best to set a time limit of 5 to 10 minutes.
Breathe in and out, and simply notice the sensations in your body.
Your mind may wander, and that is OK, but acknowledge it.
When you are ready to end your meditation, take time to slowly bring yourself back into the environment.