‘Think About The Link’ Between Viruses and Cancer Informational Campaign (VIDEO)

On this episode of Connecting Our Community you can find out more about the link between some common viruses and cancer.

Too few people understand the link between viruses and cancers. In fact when it comes to the human papillomavirus or HPV, which is known to cause six different kinds of cancers, more than half or (53%) of adults are not aware that this highly preventable virus can lead to cancer if untreated.

Host Pat Shoemaker discusses the Think About the Link campaign with guests Lisa Hanna, from the Prevent Cancer Foundation and Dr. Susan Pankratz.

Lisa Hanna is the Managing Director of External Affairs with the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Dr. Susan Pankratz is the Clinical Director and Family Physician with the McCarrick Center Medical Clinic which is part of the Catholic Charities of D.C.

73% of adults are not aware that Hepatitis treatment can reduce the risk of liver cancer.

Additionally, many people have no idea that they are even in one of the high risk groups that should now be screened for for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, including most baby boomers. The high risk population includes baby boomers, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans.

You should get screened if you were born between the years 1945 – 1965.

For more information about Think About the Link you can visit their website, here.

Find a clinic in Montgomery County you can go to at the Primary Care Coalition website, here.

Or to contact the Montgomery Cares Clinics call the non-emergency information number, 311.

For uninsured patients call the McCarrick Center Medical Clinic, Catholic Charities of DC at 301.434.8985.

 

 

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