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VUMC wins national recognition for employee health care focus

Friday, May 26th, 2017

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer has re-accredited Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer for 2017 for VUMC’s efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for employees and their families. In conjunction with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), VUMC earned the Gold Standard accreditation for taking action in five areas of […]

VICC experts to discuss high risk breast cancer at free seminar June 6

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), in collaboration with the Hereditary Cancer Program and the Vanderbilt Breast Center, will host a free seminar, “Are You at High Risk for Breast Cancer?” This interactive program to be held Tuesday, June 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane, is open to anyone […]

Researchers seek best ways to increase HPV vaccination rates

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Tennessee has one of the lowest human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates in the nation, and investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are hoping to change this by improving the way medical providers present these vaccines to patients and by improving patient and patient family education. “HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection in […]

Prostate cancer screening recommendations altered for some older men

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

A federal task force has changed its recommendation about prostate cancer screening for some older men. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends that men between the ages of 55 to 69 consult with their physicians about getting routine screening blood tests to detect prostate cancer. In 2012 the task force recommended […]

National Cancer Institute’s Lowy details HPV virus research efforts

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Douglas Lowy, M.D., acting director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), warned that worldwide death rates from cervical cancer are expected to increase in low- and middle-income countries during the next 15 years unless steps are taken to prevent the cancer from occurring. Almost all cases of cervical cancer are linked to a viral infection. […]

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Supports National HPV Vaccination Efforts

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Nearly 39,000 new cancers associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV) will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Although HPV vaccines can prevent the majority of these cancers, vaccination rates remain low across the country. Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for HPV, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) is again uniting with […]

Acting NCI director Lowy to present HPV research lecture

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Douglas R. Lowy, acting director of the National Cancer Institute, will deliver the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center George Daniel Brooks Lecture at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. in Light Hall, Room 208. The title of the presentation is “Preventing HPV-associated Cancers: Short-term and Long-term Approaches.” Lowy is chief of the […]

Study links lifestyle factors to formation of high-risk polyps

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Lifestyle factors like cigarette smoking and red meat consumption are known to be associated with an increased risk of colon polyps that can lead to colorectal cancer. Polyps are small growths on the lining of the colon, and while some polyps are harmless others can progress to cancer. A new study led by Vanderbilt University […]

Massion named to lead new cancer prevention initiative

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Pierre Massion, M.D., Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Medicine, has been named to direct the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Initiative. Massion is an Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and co-leader of the VICC Cancer Health Outcomes and Control Research Program with Debra Friedman, M.D., and David Penson, M.D., MPH. The immediate […]

VUMC Lung Cancer Screening Center earns recognition

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. In order to […]

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