Prevention & control
Meal planning during a pandemic has added challenges but it does not have to be stressful or difficult. Concerns that may arise include food safety and access.
VCU Massey Cancer Center is asking local citizens to partner in cancer research designed to identify and address health needs in their own communities. The project called Together for Health – Virginia is a comprehensive health assessment program designed to better understand how social and behavioral patterns as well as financial and environmental factors impact cancer rates. Information from this research will help to improve health care practices and services within communities.
Social media has shown increasing promise in the area of health communication. A recent study led by Carrie A. Miller, Ph.D., M.P.H., a fellow in the NCI-funded T32 postdoctoral training program in cancer prevention and control research at VCU Massey Cancer Center and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at VCU School of Medicine, provided new insights into how social media may be leveraged to disseminate credible information on cancer and communicate with the public about health topics.
Cancer patients and survivors face a variety of physical and mental symptoms including fatigue, muscle weakness, bone density loss, depression and stress. Research shows that yoga can ease these issues while also improving strength, concentration and flexibility.
Lisa Marshall wants women to know how important it is to prioritize their own health. “One thing I would say is that I encourage women to get their mammograms,” she said. “Like so many of us, I work full-time. We get so busy and we don’t put ourselves first.”