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Communication with doctors is critical to early, accurate colorectal cancer diagnosis

Headshot of Laura Siminoff for Blog Post

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., but if diagnosed early, patients have a five-year survival rate of 91 percent. In a study recently published in the journalPatient Education and Counseling, Laura A. Siminoff, Ph.D., and a team of researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 242 patients diagnosed with CRC in the six months preceding the study.

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Massey partners to bring health information service to Petersburg library

Petersburg residents can now access current and accurate health information at their local library. The Petersburg Healthy Living and Learning Center at the Petersburg Central Library hosted a grand opening on October 1, 2012, in conjunction with National Health Literacy Month. The Center is the result of a partnership among the Library, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and Crater Health District.

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Interactive personal health records increase clinical preventive services

Alex Krist, M.D.

Patients who use an interactive personal health record (IPHR) are almost twice as likely to be up to date with clinical preventive services as those who do not, according to a new study led by Alex Krist, M.D., M.P.H., research member of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center.

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Study finds patients receive half of recommended preventive health services at annual check-ups

More than 20 percent of U.S. adults receive periodic health examinations (PHE) each year, yet new research shows that patients who have an annual routine visit to their doctor may not receive recommended preventive screening tests and counseling services that could benefit their health. Recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a study performed by a team of researchers led by Jennifer Elston Lafata, Ph.D., co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center and professor of Social and Behavioral Health at VCU, found that 46 percent of eligible and due services were missed during PHEs.

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Study finds nearly half of cancer survivors died from conditions other than cancer

Although cancer recurrence may be the overriding fear for many survivors, a study from VCU Massey Cancer Center found only 51 percent of cancer survivors died from cancer, meaning nearly half of survivors died from other conditions. These results indicate survivors could potentially benefit from a more comprehensive, less cancer-focused approach to their health, according to lead researcher Yi Ning, M.D., Sc.D., assistant professor in the department of epidemiology and community health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and associate research member at VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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