Cancer survivors have a haunting fear that even when you’re convinced your cancer is “gone”, there’s a chance it will return. I have observed countless times how anxious “survivors” are as they have gone to take their tests, and pray that the “C” word is not back. If you think cancer is not going to impact you think again. We know that almost 12 million Americans are cancer survivors, that means 1 in 25 people have had cancer. I come from a big Samoan family, with lots more than 25 people.
On June 15, 2016 at 7:00 am - 7:30 am the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition will be hosting a Celebrate Life Wave with its partners from American Samoa Government Agencies: Governor's Office, and Lt. Governor's Office, Department of Youth and Women Services, Department of Environmental Agency, and Department of Health, Private Businesses: ACE American Industry, GHC Reid, Le Afi Energy, and any community members who want to celebrate their loved ones.
We encourage people to wear "yellow" to honor our survivor's.
Join American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition in honoring cancer survivors by celebrating life for the month of June 2016! We want to celebrate those who have survived, those recently diagnosed, gathering support for families and outreach to the community
On early morning Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 American Samoa was struck by a major earthquake which was followed up by a tsunami that has devastated many in the local community. In the wake of the tsunami many lost their lives, and their homes. Upon the release of photos, and stories where people shared the experience of the tsunami or the effect of the tsunami, the out poor to provide help, or assistance from the outside world was enormous.
The American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition was formed in 2004 by a diverse group of stakeholders headed by Dr. Victor Tofaeono to help reduce the cancer burden on island. Within the last five years, many accomplishments have been made, such as fundraising events like Vegas and Mardi Gras Nite, the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, education and awareness programs such as the video documentary "Understanding Cervical Cancer" and "Tasi le Ola", policy issues such as the American Samoa Samoa Smoke Free Environment Act, and the development of a website to be a clearinghouse for partners within the Pacific region and national levels.
The American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition (ASCCC) is hosting an outdoor kick-off event — “Tasi le Ola” — for women this Saturday, May 23, at Utulei, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
ASCCC, a non-profit, non-governmental, community-based organization, was funded by the Pacific Center of Excellence for Eliminating Disparities (PCEED) Legacy grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop an innovative 5-episode radio drama focusing on breast cancer prevention and education for women over the age of 40 years old.
The radio drama “Tasi le Ola” (One life) encourages women to make their health their priority by following fictional characters who overcome realistic health challenges.
Helping can be as simple as contacting us and volunteering, but how you can help and volunteer your time and energy isn't limited to only ASCCC projects and programs. Become an active member of your community and help others in need.
I know someone with cancer and I don't know what to do?
We run cancer support groups for people who are dealing with cancer, either as patients, survivors, or a close friend or family member. The emotional stresses of cancer from the diagnosis, through treatment, and beyond can be very hard on just about anybody. Joining a support group can help you learn how to talk to others about your situation and eventually help you deal with it.
American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition • P.O. Box 1716 • Pago Pago • American Samoa 96799
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