Community engagement and health equity
Closing the gap in prostate and colorectal cancer disparities: a community conversation
Terrance Afer-Anderson wants to create an army of ambassadors.
The Norfolk native and prostate cancer survivor wrote, produced and directed a movie, “The Black Walnut,” to bring attention to inequities in screening and mortality rates for prostate cancer in the Black community.
“I tell men scared of the invasiveness of a prostate cancer screening, ‘You have to toughen up,’” Afer-Anderson said on Feb. 9 at a virtual community event on the topic. “And I want African-American men – and women – to help spread the word about the disparity, to get tested early.”
Updates to outpatient care at Massey due to COVID-19
At VCU Massey Cancer Center we have implemented changes in our clinics to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and keep our patients and medical teams safe.
Robert Winn, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center, has been working hard to broaden access to cancer care through a community-engaged cancer center approach. Joining VCU less than a year ago, Winn is committed to reducing cancer disparities and ultimately making a bigger impact on the community.
Jose G. Trevino, M.D., FACS, has been appointed chair of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the VCU School of Medicine and surgeon in chief at VCU Massey Cancer Center. He will also hold the Walter Lawrence, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Oncology at Massey and will be an associate professor in the Division. He will join VCU on November 1, 2020.
Masey Ross, M.D., M.S., has been appointed medical director of clinical research affiliations at VCU Massey Cancer Center and VCU School of Medicine. She is also the medical director of Massey’s Integrative Health Program and an assistant professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care, Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine.
Massey director identifies genetic factor that could explain high rate of COVID-19 among African Americans
VCU Massey Cancer Center Director Robert Winn, M.D., recently collaborated on research that identified a genetic factor that could partly account for the high prevalence of COVID-19 in African Americans. The study, published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, could have clinical implications for the use of existing blood pressure and heart failure drugs to manage severe symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
Did you know that African American women are 42 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, or that African American men are 50 percent more likely to die from colorectal cancer than white men? Ending disparities like these will require awareness and, most importantly, action. This is why VCU Massey Cancer Center is launching 25 for 25 Health Equity & Justice on October 1 — a 25-day awareness campaign that challenges our community to pledge $25 in support of Massey’s efforts to reduce cancer disparities in Central Virginia by 2025.