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Town hall: Annual check-ups vital to prevent cervical cancer

Tarcha Rentz, Ph.D., M.Ed. Steering Committee Member, UF Health Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, Founder, Wishful Thinking, Owner, Lingerie Essentials It is vitally important for women to get annual medical check-ups to help detect abnormal changes to their cervix to prevent cervix cancer. That…

First ladies discuss cervical cancer

First ladies of churches in Gainesville and surrounding areas gathered to discuss the well-being of the health of women in their congregations. The discussion was hosted by the University of Florida Health Cancer Center and  Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) Steering Committee. Billed as the Leading Ladies Brunch, the event…

How Social Determinants of Health Affect Cardio-Oncology Survivorship

Cardio-oncology care is complex, and social determinants of health may create life-threatening disparities for many patients. ONS member Lakeshia Cousin, PhD, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Nursing in Gainesville and member of the Greater Tampa ONS Chapter, joins Stephanie Jardine, BSN, RN, oncology clinical…

Teal the Town: Cervical Cancer Awareness Webinar

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Screening through routine pap smears and HPV tests help to detect abnormal changes to the cervix before they develop into cancer.The University of Florida Health Cancer Center and the Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) Steering Committee invite you to join a virtual Cervical Cancer…

Driving Equity & Inclusion in Cancer Care: A Q&A with Dr. Raymond Mailhot

Raymond Mailhot, MD, MPH, dedicates his research to improving radiation treatment. He cares for pediatric patients and patients with breast cancer, and he leads the hematology malignancy radiotherapy program. In this Q&A, Dr. Mailhot shares how he’s working to accelerate equity in cancer care and reflects on personal experiences with structural racism in oncology.

Editorial: Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to move from awareness to action

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office announced that his wife, First Lady Casey DeSantis, the 41-year-old mother of their three young children, had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Many Jacksonville residents probably remember Casey DeSantis from local television shows. She was host of First Coast Living and The Chat on…

Study: Minority groups remain conspicuously absent from pancreatic cancer clinical trials

According to a study published today in Gastroenterology by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and University of Florida Health, Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and Asian Americans remain conspicuously absent from pancreatic cancer clinical trials aimed at testing the most recent treatment advances for this deadly disease.

Understanding your risk for pancreatic cancer

In 2021 alone, an estimated 60,430 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and nearly all will die from the disease. A pancreatic cancer diagnosis can bring a heightened level of anxiety as typically patients do not present with overt symptoms until the disease has progressed. With…