An eye on prevention
Cancer screening can improve the length and quality of life, but the average American receives only half of recommended cancer preventive services. Massey researchers will conduct a new study supported by a multi-year, multi-phase grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to measure whether making personal health records with higher functionality available to primary care physicians and patients promotes shared health decision-making and increases the delivery of cancer screening.
The importance of breast self-awareness in early detection
As part of their routine health care, women of all ages should be familiar with their bodies. Being aware of breast changes is especially important because many breast cancers are found by women themselves. To promote breast self-awareness, many advocacy groups encourage breast self-exams (BSE) on a routine basis. So, how do you properly perform a BSE and what should you look for?
Prostate cancer screening: the ongoing debate
Since its adoption by the FDA in 1994, the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test has reduced prostate cancer mortality rates by 39 percent. Despite the lives saved, whether or how the PSA test should be used for screening is at the center of an ongoing debate. Is the PSA test right for you? The answer to this question varies person to person, so I recommend that you talk to your doctor about your individual risk and educate yourself about the pros and cons of testing.
From head to toe: how to perform a skin self-exam
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. Skin cancer is also treatable when found early. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to perform a skin self-exam, which is best done in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror. Consider asking another person to help you with the exam, especially for those hard-to-see areas like your back and scalp.
Cancer prevention and control a commitment at Massey
The Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center brings together a diverse group of health services and behavioral scientists with clinicians to study behavioral, policy, organizational and environmental factors that affect cancer risk, diagnosis, treatment and survival. The CPC program is currently leading many community- and patient-based initiatives aimed at educating and raising awareness to prevent and control cancer. The following are a few recent examples.