WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

WVU Cancer Center, WVU Healthcare to offer free skin cancer screening

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As warmer weather begins to make its way into the area, people are starting to spend more time outside in the sun. Experts at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University and WVU Healthcare encourage you to protect your skin and will offer free skin cancer screenings from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13 at the Cancer Center. Participants will be asked to complete a form describing their medical and sun exposure history and will be examined by a physician. If anything suspicious is found during the five-minute exam, the patient will be referred for a dermatology appointment. Advance registration is required by May 9. Call 304-598-4500 to make an appointment. “Unlike some cancers, skin cancer can be detected at an early stage when it is curable,” Rodney Kovach, M.D., chief of the WVU Section of Dermatology, said. “Even melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, has a high cure rate if detected early. That is why it is so important to schedule an annual skin cancer screening by a physician.”   Dr. Kovach recommends a monthly skin self-exam in addition to seeing a physician annually. “You should check for things like changes in moles, dry and scaly rough patches, and slowly growing bumps,” he said. “Get to know your skin and what is and isn’t normal.” Kovach added that two of the most important pieces of advice he can offer to prevent skin cancer is to avoid spending a lot of time in the sun and avoid tanning beds and sun lamps because both natural and manmade ultraviolet exposure are the primary causes of all skin cancers. His other skin-cancer prevention tips include: •    Avoiding the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense •    Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 daily •    Wearing sunglasses that block the most harmful rays •    Wearing long sleeves, long pants, and a hat with a wide brim when outside The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime, and one person dies from melanoma every hour. “Our annual skin cancer screening is an opportunity to continue raising awareness about skin cancer,” Kovach said, “and to remind and encourage people to follow advice on how to protect their skin.”  [...]

SWVL Week brings healthy competition to Wyoming County

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Two fiercely competitive Wyoming County high schools are going head to head in a contest to adopt healthy behaviors. The Southern West Virginia Lifestyles Project (SWVL, pronounced “swivel”), an ongoing health initiative created by the West Virginia University School of Public Health, kicked off SWVL Week Monday, April 14 at Wyoming East High School and Westside High School to promote and encourage healthier living among students and their families.      Throughout the week of April 14-18, Wyoming East and Westside High School students will learn about healthier dietary alternatives and ways to become more physically active in their everyday lives. Developed in response to feedback from students representing both schools, a student competition will use the Twitter hashtags #SWVLEast and #SWVLWest to measure which school’s students apply the most health-conscious behaviors. The winning school will be announced Friday, April 18 and will receive a SWVL Health Fair, including Zumba classes, a bounce house, and various prizes, including gym equipment and a football autographed by the WVU Football Team. A recent report from Gallup’s State of the States survey once again placed West Virginia among the unhealthiest states in the nation, ranked second behind Mississippi. In an effort to reverse the trend, Wyoming County has been chosen as the pilot county to host SWVL, led by School of Public Health faculty member Michael McCawley, Ph.D.. The program was founded by students from the School of Public Health who are former Wyoming County residents. It aims to provide residents of Southern West Virginia with the information and resources needed to make healthier lifestyle choices. Community members in Wyoming County have rallied behind the program. “When I learned of the new WVU School of Public Health and that Dr. McCawley and others may want to bring their programs in Wyoming County, I knew I had to get involved,” David “Bugs” Stover, a longtime Mullens resident, schoolteacher, and county circuit clerk, said. Stover has been an integral member of the advocacy for healthier lifestyle changes in Wyoming County since SWVL’s inception. He will be helping the SWVL team kick off the competition. The Southern West Virginia Lifestyles Project is a collaborative effort from the WVU Schools of Public Health, Nursing, Dentistry, and Pharmacy, the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. For more information about SWVL, visit swvlproject.com or follow @swvlproject on Twitter. [...]

WVU student pharmacists host health fair for local seniors

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Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Rock Cave

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Upshur County offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.   A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at Tri-County Health Clinic in Rock Cave from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 1 and 2.   For an appointment, call 304-924-6262. The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram. Since the startup of the mobile mammography program, Bonnie’s Bus has provided more than 6,300 mammograms for women throughout West Virginia and led to the detection of nine cases of breast cancer. Many of those screened are uninsured or underinsured and qualified for screening through the WVBCCSP. Bonnie’s Bus works in collaboration with a statewide partnership of clinicians, public health professionals, women’s groups, and other community leaders working to help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer in West Virginia.   Made possible by a generous gift from West Virginia natives Jo and Ben Statler to the Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus is operated in partnership with WVU Hospitals. The bus is named after Jo Statler’s late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson. For information on Bonnie’s Bus, see www.wvucancer.org/bonnie.      Attention reporters and editors: If you are interested in covering Bonnie’s Bus when it visits your area, please call the HSC News Service in Morgantown at 304-293-7087 in advance. Out of respect for patient privacy, please do not show up at the location without scheduling an appropriate time for interviews and/or photos. [...]