Direct-to-consumer genetic testing and skin cancer are July topics at Lewis Ginter

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VCU Health seminars at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. The seminars also are streamed live on the VCU Health Facebook page. (Courtesy photo)

VCU Health will continue its series of educational seminars in July with programs on genetic testing for cancer risk and skin cancer prevention strategies. The seminars will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in the Kelly Education Center, 1800 Lakeside Ave. All seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. For more information or to register, go to or call (804) 628-0041. If you are unable to attend, you can watch the seminars live on the VCU Health Facebook page at

Thursday, July 19

Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing for Cancer Risk: Good or Bad?

Genetic testing is no longer limited to the doctor’s office. Direct-to-consumer genetic testing can screen for cancer risk in the privacy of your home. Are the results useful for health decisions? Can they provide reliable information about your risk for cancer and personalize prevention? Join John Quillin, M.D., a genetic counselor at VCU Massey Cancer Center, as he discusses the benefits and risks of this type of testing.

Tuesday, July 31

The Sun and Your Skin

Continuous sun exposure can increase your risk of skin cancer. The most common type, basal cell carcinoma, affects more than 4 million people in our nation each year. Join Shields Callahan, M.D., a VCU Health dermatologist and skin care surgeon, as she discusses steps you can take to protect your skin.

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit and