quality healthcare for rural Georgians. The Two Georgias Initiative will support 11 rural partnerships, including the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition and Chattooga County, in developing innovative plans to eliminate health disparities and achieve healthy equity.
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Northwest Georgia is home to warm and friendly people and beautiful landscapes. Unfortunately, it is also home to high cancer rates! The Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition is here to help the citizens of this region fight their war on cancer!
The Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition, Inc. is a collaboration of ten counties in Northwest Georgia whose vision is to build a national model of comprehensive rural cancer control. Our mission is to develop exemplary cancer related education, communications, prevention, early detection, treatment and research programs in this region.
As a nonprofit organization, the Coalition works with local hospitals and cancer centers, community groups, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, and government agencies to bring high quality resources to Northwest Georgia to ensure the best cancer care for our citizens.
Each year, the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition funds a variety of programs and projects committed to improving the lives of cancer patients and promoting early detection of prevention for all.
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February is HPV Prevention and Vaccine Awareness Month
Both males and females can get infected with HPV. About 8 or 9 out of 10 sexually active adults will have at least one type of HPV in their lifetime. The HPV vaccine protects against almost all cervix HPV infections and pre-cancers. HPV vaccines are strongly recommended for boys and girls to help protect against HPV-linked cancers.
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colorectal cancer, or colon cancer, is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. It affects both men and women equally. It is up to 90% beatable when caught early. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States.
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The NWGRCC is teaming up with regional partners to provide FIT Testing for CRC.
What is FIT?
The fecal immunochemical test is a screening test for colon cancer. It tests for hidden blood in the stool which can be an early sign of cancer. The test is performed at home and returned to your healthcare provider for analysis. FIT testing is shown to be as effective at detecting colon cancer as a colonoscopy if done annually.