RICHMOND, Va. -- Here are a number of ways you can be a part of helping cancer patients and survivors fight the disease in Central Virginia.
Together for Health-Virginia
Using an app or going online, VCU Massey Cancer Center wants to partner with Virginia residents for a project called "Together for Health Virginia." The survey will help Massey to find out the health needs in your community and improving on those needs. Massey wants to enroll 2,000 or more Virginians in the program. The survey itself can take up to 40 minutes.
"The survey questions ask things related to health screening practices, health behaviors. That kind of information is invaluable because they provide us a snap shot of what's happening in our own backyard,” said Bernard Fuemmeler, Ph.D, M.P.H, associate director for cancer prevention and control.
For more information on the program, click here.
Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation
The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation is teaming up with VCU Massey Cancer Center for an integrative workshop on March 28. It's VBCF’s first of a series event and this one focuses on nutrition and acupuncture for patients and survivors,
“It's things that aren't necessarily the traditional medicine that you think of when you go to the doctor and get a pill and take or sit and get chemo These things that can help the mind and body,” VBCF Education Manager Erin Steigleder said.
For the 14th year, the non-profit CancerLINC is bringing back its signature fundraising event. The "Beyond Bags" event will auction off designer and vintage bags on March 19. All the proceeds will go back to the organization which links cancer patients to legal and financial resources.
"It's helping cancer patients in a way that they're not normally served. You don't think about the legal side, the insurance or work issue . You think about just the medical side,” Mary Sadovszky, "Beyond Bags" chairperson, said.
For more information on the event, click here.
On the 6th of the month, CBS 6 and VCU Massey Cancer Center remind women to contact their buddy to remind them to conduct a monthly breast self-exam. If it is time, you should also schedule an annual clinical breast exam and mammogram, which are key to early detection.