$10,000 grant awarded for cancer education

FARMINGTON - The Maine Cancer Foundation has awarded the Healthy Community Coalition a one-year, $10,000 grant for cancer prevention and early detection education. The campaign will focus on education for oral, skin, lung, colorectal, and prostate cancer, for those of all ages, throughout the Franklin County and Livermore Falls area.

The campaign will complement the Coalition's efforts at breast and cervical cancer education, according to a press release. The Coalition is a program of Franklin Community Health Network. 

"While the Healthy Community Coalition has successfully reached out to women for more than 14 years educating about the importance of early detection strategies for breast and cervical cancer, this funding will provide the opportunity to focus on other cancer prevention strategies," Heather Davis, the Coalition's executive director, stated in a press release.

The Coalition will use the funds to expand its cancer prevention education outreach using three methods: a new online social networking tool called "My Health Community" at http://fchn.myhealthcommunity.net); door-to-door visits in some of the most rural towns; and a series of educational and screening events. 

According to the Maine Centers for Disease Control, cancer is the second leading cause of death in Maine and four types of cancers account for the majority of new diagnosis: lung, colorectal, breast in women, and prostate in men. Oral cancer is the 12th most common cancer in the U.S., and Franklin County has a significant number of people who use chewing tobacco and alcohol together, which is a known risk factor for causing higher rates of oral cancer.