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Few women at high risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer are receiving recommended genetic counseling

Genetic counselor Heather Creswick and student posing as patient

A new study by VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers finds a critical gap between women eligible for genetic counseling services due to a high familial risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer and those who actually receive it. 

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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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