November 2009 Presentations

The Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Program hit the road in November educating fifth through ninth graders about the dangers of commercial tobacco use.  The presentation included the Sequoyah SWAT Team, Robert Lewis, Brian Jackson and Ronnie Trentham. 

The SWAT Team spoke about the chemicals in tobacco and included some exercises for some volunteers to participate in.  These exercises demonstrated how tobacco use can effect their lungs and health.  

Robert Lewis tied in his traditional Cherokee stories and Brian Jackson tied in his World Record accomplishments.  They shared the message that when you are given talents they can easliy be taken away by alcohol, drugs and tobacco use.

Finally, Ronnie Trentham who is a six time cancer survivor and former smokeless tobacco user shared his pictures of his life before cancer and after cancer.  The pictures showed the progress from beginning to end.  Ronnie was left scarred, his inability to taste, produce saliva, and the inability to do what he loved, bowhunt. 

The students from the schools were very involved in the presentation but what really got their attention was a picture called "The Hairy Tongue."  This image, located below, depicts cancer cells growing on the human tongue.  When this picture was shown many of the students could not believe that this could possibly be caused from tobacco use.  There was one student that swore she would not smoke again after looking at this picture which is what the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Program is striving for, "Prevention."


Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan

The Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control (CNCCC) Project assists in the development of networks and collaboration that produce an infrastructure for a comprehensive approach to cancer within the Cherokee Nation. Since 2003, coalition members and partners have come together to discuss the burden of cancer in Cherokee Nation. Coalition members and partners include local, regional, state and national representatives committed to identifying areas of cancer concern, planning interventions, prioritizing greatest areas of identified need, and then implementing identified strategies and/or providing needed resources. This is the second edition of the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and will serve, like the first, as an information resource for health care professionals and community members, as well as a tool for the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition and its respective entities. The coalition is committed to the process of enhancing infrastructure for comprehensive cancer control in the Cherokee Nation with the ultimate goal of reducing morbidity and mortality among the Cherokee community.