Act Now for Cancer Patients in California!
In California, there can be a significant difference in the coverage insurance companies provide for orally administered anti-cancer medications versus coverage for traditional intravenous (administered by injection into a vein) adtreatments.
That means the out-of-pocket costs to cancer patients for an oral drug can be significantly higher than what they would pay for a traditional intravenous treatment.
Right now, Assembly Bill 219 is before the California Legislature. This bill would make oral anti-cancer drugs more affordable for patients by establishing a $100 out-of-pocket maximum co-pay per prescription.
For additional information on Assembly Bill 219, click here for the fact sheet.
Tell your state legislator that you support this vital legislation. Click here to send your letter today!
Smoke-Free Air and Free Nicotine Patches
How does living in Orange County benefit our health? The current adult smoking rate in Orange County is 9%, compared to the California rate of 13.7%. Since our smoking rate is lower, there is less chance of being exposed to secondhand smoke and we have a much lower lung cancer rate than the rest of the nation.
However, there are still times when we may be exposed to secondhand smoke, such as by regularly being around people who smoke or working at a place where smoking is allowed. It is important to be aware of this health hazard and continue to protect ourselves. Secondhand smoke is toxic. It can aggravate asthma, trigger heart attacks and damage a child's lungs for life. It can even be harmful to pets.
California labor laws protect workers and the public from secondhand smoke in classrooms, offices, restaurants and bars, but people may still suffer from exposure when laws are not followed or when they spend time at places that are not protected by laws.
If you are exposed to secondhand smoke and want to learn how to protect yourself, call the Orange County Health Care Agency, Tobacco Use Prevention Program at 1-866-NEW-LUNG (639-5864) for free help.
Additionally, if you or someone you know would like to quit smoking, we offer free nicotine patches to adults 18 and older who complete our free "Quit smoking" classes. Call 1-866-NEW-LUNG (639-5864) to learn more! We can help you breathe healthy, smoke-free air.
CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3
Register Today….Save a Life Tomorrow!
The American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women in the Orange County area who want to see an end to cancer. By volunteering for Cancer Prevention Study-3 you can help the American Cancer Society better understand how to
prevent cancer and
Who Can Enroll?
- Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65
- Never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer)
- Is willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which involves completing periodic follow-up surveys at home
Visit www.cps3southoc.org to register for ONE of the enrollment sessions in Mission Viejo.
Enrollment will be taking place in the South Orange County area from December 3rd to December 5th. There are 2 enrollment sites in South Orange County.
At the enrollment location, you will sign a consent form, complete a brief survey, provide a waist circumference measurement, and give a small blood sample. The process takes less than an hour.
Complete Follow-up Surveys
Complete periodic surveys sent to your home every few years to update your information.
For more information:
Please contact Liz Capilla at
Or for more information on the study you can also visit us online at www.cancer.org/cps3.
Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA. 92692
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center
Mission Viejo, CA. 92691
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 10:00am–2:00pm