| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:11 PM
Virginia scores better than most in its ability to protect its residents against infectious disease outbreaks, according to a report released Tuesday by Trust for America's Health, TFAH, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Virginia had a positive...
| Dec 18, 2013
Lung cancer kills three times more Virginians each year than any other cancer. In its soon-to-be-released annual report, the Virginia Cancer Registry revealed that though its incidence ranks third to prostate and breast cancer, lung cancer has by far...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 1:56 PM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An increasing number of younger women in the United States are delaying their first Pap test for cervical cancer until after they reach 21, reflecting new U.S. guidelines, health officials said on Thursday.
But 60 percent of U.S....
| Apr 4, 2012
| 12:33 PM
Many women became used to having a Pap smear annually to check for cervical cancer, but recent recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have updated the timeline. Now, most women will need the test every five years. Cancer experts...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 1:56 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who've ever had genital warts may have a somewhat higher risk of several types of cancer — possibly including common skin cancers, a new study suggests.
The findings, reported in the Journal of Infectious...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 12:17 PM
Deep down inside, we all know it: It's inevitable, this living, breathing, beautiful, multipart machine, the human body, is — at some point, somewhere — going to break down.
We've all heard the warnings, the doctors' admonitions to get...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 11:42 AM
New statistics from the American Cancer Society show a slight decline in cancer death rates between 2004 and 2008, but a few types of cancer are on the rise.
Figures released last week, in Jan. 2012, show a drop in cancer death rates of 1.8 percent...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 8:29 AM
Republican Del. Kathy Byron introduced a bill to end Virginia's requirement to notify parents about the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine. The vaccine prevents cervical cancer and is recommended for girls entering 6th grade in Virginia. Virginia requires...
| Feb 17, 2012
Free HPV vaccine
The health department will provide free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The vaccine, Gardasil, is available for both males and females ages 9 to 26. Those under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a consent form. The clinic will...
| Feb 15, 2012
It's common knowledge that HPV — or human papillomavirus — is linked with cervical cancer, thanks to the controversy over the vaccine. But far fewer people know that this same sexually transmitted viral strain is connected to oral cancers,...
| Feb 18, 2012
| 7:09 PM
RICHMOND – When Majorie was 8 years old in the early 1930s, she came home from school in the Texas community she grew up in to find her mother and a friend talking about a neighbor woman who had just died, leaving four children behind.