The genetic influence on the development of cancer has been heavily studied; however, it is still impossible to know with certainty whether someone will get cancer or, if they have it, why. But with the right information, experts can estimate an individual’s potential cancer risk based on genetics and can help him/her make important health and lifestyle choices based on that risk. If you are concerned that there is hereditary risk of cancer in your family, consider consulting your doctor or a genetic counselor.
The annual Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center Research Retreat showcases the most promising cancer research being conducted at Massey and throughout VCU and provides student researchers an opportunity to show off their contributions in the poster session, where they can receive up to $250 as Excellence in Cancer Research Awards winners. In addition to presentations from members of Massey’s research programs, this year’s keynote presentation featured Timothy Ley, M.D., who shared his work involving the acute myeloid leukemia (AML) genome.
A promising new treatment for breast cancer being developed at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) has been shown in cell culture and in animal models to selectively kill cancer stem cells at the original tumor site and in distant metastases with no toxic effects on healthy cells, including normal stem cells. Cancer stem cells are critical to a cancer’s ability to recur following conventional chemotherapies and radiation therapy because they can quickly multiply and establish new tumors that are often therapy resistant.
Top cancers among men: During National Men’s Health Awareness Month, learn about the top four cancers that affect men. These include lung cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 79 million Americans are currently infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) and about 14 million people will become newly infected each year. The CDC goes on to say that “HPV is so common, nearly all sexually- active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.” As a growing epidemic, HPV is not only the most common sexually transmitted infection, but also a rising cancer causer.