Proton Therapy News Brief Roundup
Dr. Bradley Recognized as an Exemplary Teacher
The UF Department of Radiation Oncology announced this fall that Julie Bradley, MD, MHCDS has been recognized as an Exemplary Teacher for 2022-2023.
Dr. Bradley is an Associate Professor with tenure, is well known for her research and clinical expertise in the areas of breast cancer and pediatric tumors and serves as the breast cancer program director at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute.
Faculty are selected as Exemplary Teachers based on the excellence of their teaching of medical students, residents and fellows, graduate students and postdoctoral students, as well as their mentorship of other faculty.
February is National Cancer Prevention Month
The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute would like to remind everyone to get regular screenings and see their primary care doctor annually to screen against various cancers. Men should test their PSA levels regularly to catch prostate cancer early, while women should schedule an annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer after age 40. Colonoscopies starting at age 45 are important in catching colon cancer early, and an annual skin check to screen for skin cancer is also important.
According to the American Association for Cancer Research, maintaining good health is equally important. They suggest quitting smoking (or never starting in the first place), maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, protecting your skin from the sun and getting vaccinated against the pathogens that cause certain cancers, can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer in many cases. Read more about National Cancer Prevention Month on their website.
Encouraging Black Men to Get Screened for Prostate Cancer
According to research from the American Cancer Society, Black men are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer at a younger age than men from other groups, and they are more likely to have advanced disease when they are diagnosed. According to statistics from the National Cancer Institute, Black men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than most other men. Talking openly with a medical professional and with family and friends about prostate health and prostate cancer is the first step in addressing this important health concern.