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Prevention & control

The aroma of good health

Aroma, the word alone brings powerful memories—some good, some not so good. Most people, however, have no idea how much aroma and our sense of smell can influence well-being. Enter aromatherapy.  

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Integrative health myths & facts: lavender & cancer

Lavender is a flower native to the Mediterranean area.  The name comes from the Latin “lavare” which means “to wash.” Lavender has been used in many folk medicine traditions for anxiety, insomnia, depression, as an antiseptic, for headaches and much more. But is there any evidence to show lavender’s effectiveness for cancer patients?  

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Integrative health recipe corner: mediterranean cucumber salad & chickpea medley

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and American Cancer Society (ACS) both recommend a diet that is high in plant-based nutrition for cancer prevention and survivorship. This month’s Recipe Corner highlights garbanzo beans, or chickpeas. 

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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. 

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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.

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