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New program allows low-income and uninsured women to get free cancer screenings

VCU Health is now offering free breast and cervical cancer screening services to low-income and uninsured women in Virginia through a federally funded program.

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VCU Health is now offering free breast and cervical cancer screening services to low-income and uninsured women in Virginia through a federally funded program. This includes clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, Pap tests, as well as any other diagnostic tests as needed for breast or cervical cancer. The program is now accepting appointment requests with the first appointment available on July 1.

“Regular screening for breast and cervical cancer has been proven to prevent disease and save lives,” said Katie Barnes, MPA, CPC, FACHE, the vice president of oncology service lines at VCU Massey Cancer Center. “There are many women who are uninsured but are not receiving these screenings because they can’t afford them. Income level and insurance status should not exclude anyone from routine cancer screenings, and this program allows us to offer expanded access to diagnostic and potentially lifesaving care.”

Every Woman’s Life (EWL) is a federally funded public health program that provides access to free breast and cervical cancer screening services for uninsured, low-income women. After applying for a grant through the Virginia Department of Health, this program is now available for women at VCU Health. The health system treated more than 7,200 uninsured women over the previous year, demonstrating there is a need and there are available resources to implement this program.

To meet eligibility requirements, women must be Virginia residents between the ages of 18-64, meet federal income guidelines and be uninsured. Women 18-39 must be symptomatic or be determined to be at high risk for breast and/or cervical cancer.

“We know that mammograms are effective and detect cancers at an earlier stage when they’re more treatable,” said Kandace McGuire, M.D., FACS, chief of breast surgery at VCU Massey Cancer Center. “This is not a one-time thing. We anticipate that VCU Health will have this program indefinitely and that we will be able to continue to offer these women annual screenings.”

Women who are diagnosed with cancer through EWL may also be eligible for Medicaid to help pay for their cancer treatment. Applications for the EWL program are available in English and Spanish, and the program also serves transgender people.

In addition to Barnes and McGuire, physicians Christine Isaacs, M.D., and Leslie Randall, M.D., MAS, were instrumental in bringing this program to VCU Health.

To find out if you’re eligible or to schedule an appointment at VCU Health, call 804-659-5834.

To learn more about EWL, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/every-womans-life/

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Shootings on July 3rd and Early July 4th Result in a Death and Six Injuries

Two separate unrelated incidents occurred. One at City Dogs in the Fan and another near Cyber Café on Broad Street.

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West Main Street Death Investigation

Sunday, July 3, at approximately 10:26 p.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of West Main Street for the report of random gunfire. RPD officers responded and located an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to contact

Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804)-646-0729 or Crime Stoppers at

(804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

This RVA/Reddit thread has some unconfirmed details and first-hand reports on the City Dogs shooting.

Update July 5th:

Arrest Made, Victim Identified in West Main Street Homicide and Aggravated Assaults

The Richmond Police Department has charged the suspect in yesterday’s shootings on West Main Street. Derrick Adjei, 24, of Alexandria, Virginia, was taken into custody by Virginia State Police last night at approximately 11:01 p.m. after the vehicle Adjei had been operating was involved in a single vehicle collision on northbound I-95.

RPD detectives, investigating the West Main Street shooting, have charged Adjei with malicious wounding. Other charges are pending. A booking photo of Adjei is not yet available.

Detectives have identified the victim of the shooting as Kyle Stoner, 36, of Richmond. Sunday at approximately 10:28 p.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of West Main Street for the report of a shooting. RPD officers responded and located an adult male, Stoner, on a patio of a business, down and unresponsive suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

An adult female and an adult male were also injured during the incident and have received treatment for injuries that were not considered life threatening.

Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact Major Crimes Detective A. Coates at (804)-646-0729 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

West Broad Street Shooting

At approximately 3:39 a.m., Richmond Police officers responded to the report of random gunfire in the 00 block of West Broad Street. Six people were reported shot near the Cyber Café, an after-hours club including four adult males and two adult females.

Of the six who sustained gunshot wounds, two are considered life-threatening and four non-life threatening. One man was transported by ambulance, others were self-transported to the hospital for treatment.

There is no public threat at this time.

Anyone with information about this shooting investigation is asked to call Detective Reyes at (804) 646-3874 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

 

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LaDiff Now Open on Southside

Sit down, we’ve got furniture news.

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LaDiff the hip furniture store left Shockoe Bottom for the sweet, sweet Southside. Now after 8 months their new location is open. They’re calling it an extremely soft opening so walls are still getting painted, product being placed, and outdoor furniture won’t be available until next spring.

You can get all the details on their website.

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Attention River Lovers Huguenot Flatwater Work Day on Saturday

The universal access ramp is done at Huguenot Flatwater but there is still some finishing touches that need to be made to the are.

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Message from James River Outdoor Coalition

Needs plans for your Saturday? Come help out your local park system at the JROC project! We need LOTS of hands to prep the grounds at Huguenot Flatwater for the opening of the new universal access ramp!

We’ll be digging out and painting parking blocks, clearing debris, and opening up the area around the ramp. There’s more work to be done at the Western Overlook if we have enough help.
Meet at 9:00AM this Sat. 6/18 at Huguenot Flatwater in the James River Park System.

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