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Simpler colonoscopies are safer

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A new study by VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers discovered that as the complexity of colonoscopies increases, a higher risk of adverse events, such as GI bleeding or colonic perforation, are reported. Many factors affect the likelihood of those adverse events, including the surgeon’s colonoscopy volume and the type of the procedure and facility.

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“Virtual focus groups” uncover clues to rural and urban HPV vaccination disparities

Parent on a computer while a child sleeps nearby

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and Dartmouth College have harnessed the power of social media to understand differences in attitudes and behaviors about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among hundreds of thousands of parents living in rural and urban areas. Their findings were presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine’s 40th annual meeting in Washington, DC.

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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.

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Making progress against breast cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, learn about the many ways VCU Massey Cancer Center is making progress in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and ways in which you can celebrate and support these advances. A National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, VCU Massey is helping to lead and shape the nation’s fight against breast and other cancers.

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What you need to know about Medicare

There are many misconceptions in regard to Medicare coverage. We asked VCU Massey Cancer Center Clinical Social Worker Freda Wilkins, M.S.W., M. Div., what are the most important things people should know during this year’s Open Enrollment Period, which runs October 15—December 7, and summarized the information in the FAQ below.

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