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VCU Massey Cancer Center awarded $2.4 million grant from Virginia Tobacco Commission
Date:10/28/2010

t VCU Massey Cancer Center in its research program," said Tobacco Commission Chairman and Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore. "The Tobacco Commission believes it will be a great asset to the Commonwealth of Virginia and its citizens."

Experts estimate that this year more than 14,000 Virginians will die of cancer and approximately 36,000 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the state. The number is expected to double to 70,000 by 2040.

Cancer's economic impact in Virginia is estimated at $2.6 billion in lifetime productivity. A 1 percent reduction in cancer mortality rates would reduce health care costs by millions of dollars annually. And early detection and prevention practices can save millions of dollars in Medicare and Medicaid expenses if effectively implemented.

The work funded by this grant is aimed directly at resolving these issues to increase cancer prevention and early detection, and decrease cancer mortality rates, throughout the state of Virginia. "VCU Massey Cancer Center is proud to lead that effort," Ginder said.


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Contact: Jenny Owen
jrowen2@vcu.edu
804-628-2111
Virginia Commonwealth University
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