Support our Sisters – A Cancer Ministry for Women

 

 

 

Support Our Sisters (SOS) is a women’s ministry offering support, encouragement, education, prayer, and service to women with a current or past cancer diagnosis. We gather the first Wednesday of each month at 7:07 PM in Room A9 and welcome all of our Sisters. If you are or know a woman who could benefit from our ministry service or prayer, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
A message from the CUMC SOS Ministry:
May is Melanoma Awareness Month
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.
 
The ABCDE rule is one helpful way to know when you should see your health care provider:
  • A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
  • B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
  • C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include different shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
  • D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.
  • E is for Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.
Other warning signs are:
  • A sore that doesn’t heal
  • Spread of pigment from the border of a spot into surrounding skin
  • Redness or a new swelling beyond the border of the mole
  • Change in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness, or pain
  • Change in the surface of a mole – scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a lump or bump.
Be sure to show your health care provider any areas that concern you and ask for an examination to look at areas that may be hard for you to see. 
The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early — even melanoma. 
To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. Follow these easy options—
  • Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection.
  • Avoid indoor tanning.
Stay safe from skin damage this spring and summer!

Recovery

Recovery Support Group meets each Tuesday night, 7-8:30 p.m., in Room A-11. The Group is going to begin the book "Twelve Steps for Christians" on September 25. If anyone is interested or needs a copy of the book, please call Al Ezzell at 892-0630.

Pastoral Care

Please contact the church office at 892-9363 if you are hospitalized, have day surgery, or would simply like a home pastoral visit. Many times we do not find out about a pastoral need until it is long past. And remember – hospitals do not call churches to let us know you are there.