Prevention & control
Expert advice for better colorectal cancer prevention and detection
Did you know that obesity and a sedentary lifestyle combined are the second leading cause of cancer after tobacco use? According to Khalid Matin, M.D., F.A.C.P., a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of colorectal cancer at VCU Massey Cancer Center, lifesyle factors such as diet and exercise play an important role in preventing most cancers, especially colon and rectal cancers, which together are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
Massey joins nation’s cancer centers in urging the public for increased HPV vaccination for cancer prevention
In response to low national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), VCU Massey Cancer Center has joined 68 of the nation’s top cancer centers in issuing a statement urging for increased HPV vaccination for the prevention of cancer. These institutions collectively recognize insufficient vaccination as a public health threat and call upon the nations’ physicians, parents and young adults to take advantage of this rare opportunity to prevent many types of cancer.
Q&A on HPV with Dr. Iain Morgan
In honor of January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, VCU Massey Cancer Center expert Iain Morgan, Ph.D., answered some frequently asked questions about the human papillomavirus (HPV), which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV affects both men and women and is the most common sexually transmitted infection.
Massey, Tricycle Gardens bring fresh produce to cancer patients
Research continues to show that proper nutrition plays an important role in cancer prevention and control. To help provide cancer patients access to fresh vegetables, VCU Massey Cancer Center has partnered with Richmond-based urban farm Tricycle Gardens to establish a monthly farm stand outside of Massey’s Dalton Oncology Clinic. Additionally, a grant from the McKesson Foundation allows eligible SNAP/EBT participants to receive $2 worth of produce for every $1 of benefits spent on the farm stand produce.
Massey researchers find that failure to expand ACA Medicaid coverage would widen disparities in screening uninsured and low-income women for breast and cervical cancer
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers recently conducted a study that found low-income and uninsured women in states that are not expanding their Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid coverage are less likely to receive breast and cervical cancer screenings compared to states that are implementing expansions.