About Valerie Matthews-Mehl

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Cancer-Free Mondays The Maryland CRF and Johns Hopkins: The Top Five Success Stories


This blog is the final in our four-part  “Cancer-Free Mondays” series about how the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund is helping Maryland Citizens. CRF programs have improved the health of Marylanders, and CRF research has greatly advanced the understanding of cancer.  This work has earned scientific recognition and awards, been published in science journals and been(...)

Cancer-Free Mondays: The Maryland CRF and Johns Hopkins in the Community


This blog is part 3 of 4 of our “Cancer-Free Mondays” series about how the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund is helping Maryland Citizens. The best way to reduce deaths from cancer is through prevention and early detection. Cancer deaths could be cut in half simply through changes in behaviors associated with cancer development and increased(...)

Cancer Free Mondays: Maryland and Johns Hopkins – Teaming Up to End Smoking


This blog is part 2 of 4 of our “Cancer-Free Mondays” series about how the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund is helping Maryland Citizens. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark report by the U.S. Surgeon General that linked smoking with cancer and other diseases.  Prior to the Surgeon General’s report, it is estimated(...)

Cancer-Free Mondays: Maryland and Johns Hopkins – A Partnership that Works for Maryland Citizens


This blog is part 1 of 4 of our “Cancer-Free Mondays” series about how the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund is helping Maryland Citizens. In 1990, Maryland had the highest cancer death rates in the nation.  Today, cancer deaths rates in our state are below the national average, and Maryland ranks 30th among all states.  How(...)

Gene Friday Series: Prevention is Cure


This blog is the final post of our four-part "Gene" Fridays series on cancer genetics. The dream Dr. Bert Vogelstein and his team hope to realize is prevention.  He doesn’t expect to prevent cancers from occurring, but by using cancer genome sequencing, he believes there is an opportunity to prevent cancer deaths.  He envisions safe, simple, and(...)

Gene Friday Series: The Encyclopedia Analogy


This blog is part 3 of 4 of our "Gene" Fridays series on cancer genetics. To help people understand the complexity of cancer and the series of genetic events that lead to its formation, Dr. Bert Vogelstein built upon the encyclopedia analogy. “Each of us has an encyclopedia in our cells, and each page of that(...)

Kimmel in the Community


Kimmel Cancer Center employees at the Living Classrooms Foundation A “Kimmel in the Community” team spent the afternoon on May 29, 2013, at the Living Classrooms Foundation on Caroline Street in East Baltimore and helped clean up its East Harbor campus.  As part of the Kimmel Cancer Center’s 40th anniversary celebration, the volunteers, led by(...)