West Virginia Cancer Survivorship Needs Assessment Project

West Virginia University researchers are conducting two surveys to learn more about the needs of cancer survivors and the healthcare professionals that treat them in our communities across the state. Cancer survivors and their caregivers face significant needs during and after treatment that are often not met with adequate resources and services. Further, primary care healthcare professionals may not have the resources they need to adequately meet the needs of their patients during and after cancer treatment. This work will help us learn about the needs of individuals with cancer and develop services and resources that can better support them.

To access the surveys and for more information about this research, please click here: https://www.wvctsi.org/programs/funding/funded-projects/cancer-survey/

HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

January is recognized as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. All women are at risk for cervical cancer. It occurs most often in women over age 30. Long-lasting infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer.

West Virginia has the fourth highest incidence rate of HPV-associated cancers in the nation, for both males and females, and the second highest mortality rate for cervical cancer.  The disturbing fact is that no woman should die of cervical cancer. Up to 93% of cervical cancer can be prevented by screening and vaccination.

Although HPV vaccines have been shown to be highly effective in protecting against the HPV types targeted by the vaccines, HPV vaccination rates remain low in West Virginia. In fact, in 2018, only 42.9% of teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years of age in West Virginia were fully vaccinated against HPV.