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.
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.
Making the decision to quit smoking
According to the surgeon general, 10 years after a smoker quits, his/her risk of dying from lung cancer is half that of a person who is still smoking. For anyone who has tried quitting, 10 years can seem like a lifetime away, but it is important to remember that after even just minutes of quitting your body begins to restore itself and puts you on the path to a healthier life.
Enter the “Mos for Massey” Social Media Contest!
“Movemeber” is a campaign that encourages men to grow moustaches during the month of November to help raise awareness for testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health issues. VCU Massey Cancer Center invites everyone to join the “Movember” movement and help us raise awareness for men’s cancers by taking part in our “Mos for Massey” contest.
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.