Prevention & control
Five tips for maintaining a healthy weight
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritiously and staying physically active. As January marks the start of new beginnings, here are five tips to help you keep your healthy weight resolutions this year.
Massey debunks common cancer myths for World Cancer Day
February 4, 2013 is World Cancer Day. This global initiative by the Union for International Cancer Control aims to unite the world together in the fight against cancer by educating and raising awareness. VCU Massey Cancer Center is taking part in this initiative by debunking the following common cancer myths:
Cancer prevention and control a commitment at Massey
The Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center brings together a diverse group of health services and behavioral scientists with clinicians to study behavioral, policy, organizational and environmental factors that affect cancer risk, diagnosis, treatment and survival. The CPC program is currently leading many community- and patient-based initiatives aimed at educating and raising awareness to prevent and control cancer. The following are a few recent examples.
Simpler colonoscopies are safer
A new study by VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers discovered that as the complexity of colonoscopies increases, a higher risk of adverse events, such as GI bleeding or colonic perforation, are reported. Many factors affect the likelihood of those adverse events, including the surgeon’s colonoscopy volume and the type of the procedure and facility.
Making the decision to quit smoking
According to the surgeon general, 10 years after a smoker quits, his/her risk of dying from lung cancer is half that of a person who is still smoking. For anyone who has tried quitting, 10 years can seem like a lifetime away, but it is important to remember that after even just minutes of quitting your body begins to restore itself and puts you on the path to a healthier life.