Cancer Resources in Our Community

Author: Activate Allen County

March 7, 2016

What is it?

More than one million people in the United Sates get cancer each year. It is very common to know someone close to you who has been affected by cancer in some way. Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and invade other tissues. Cancer is not just one disease but many and there are more than 100 types of cancer. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems.

Who is most affected?

Cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, but there are risk factors to be aware of. Due to the nature of this disease, screening and education are so important for all people, no matter what. In terms of race, African-American men have the highest incidence of cancer and white women have the highest risk. The most common types of cancer in all men are prostate, lung and colorectal. In females, the most common types are breast, lung and colorectal. While it is hard to determine who, when and where- there are risk factors that you can control. These include your use of alcohol, tobacco, exposure to sunlight and radiation, what you are putting in your body in terms of diet and your weight. While you cannot control your genes and the fact that your body will age, you can make sure that you treat your body in a way that lowers your risk factors for this disease. An average of 535 invasive cancer cases and 238 deaths occur among Allen County residents each year.

What resources are available locally?

St. Rita’s Regional Cancer Center
803 W. Market St.
Lima, OH 45805


Lima Memorial Health System
1001 Bellefontaine Ave.
Lima, OH 45801


Women’s Preventive Healthcare Project
300 S. Elizabeth St.
Lima, OH 45801


Cancer Care of West Central Ohio
2740 W. Market St.
Lima, OH 45801


The Gerad Center for Cancer Treatment
803 W. Market St. Suite 200
Lima, OH 45805


Where can I find more information about this condition?

Centers for Disease Control and Preventionwww.cdc.gov/cancer

American Cancer Society www.cancer.org

National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov

Cancer Treatment Centers of Americawww.cancercenter.com