|Awarded On||August 16, 2017|
|Title||Expanding a Community Network for Cancer Prevention to Improve Cervical and Colorectal Screening and Follow-Up Among an Urban Medically Underserved Population|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||Baylor College of Medicine|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Maria Jibaja-Weiss|
|Cancer Sites||Cervix Uteri, Colorectal|
Colorectal (CRC) and cervical cancer (CxC) remain significant causes of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and worldwide, despite the availability of effective screening and prevention tools. In Harris County, Texas, CRC is the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality for men and women combined with an incidence of 40.4 per 100,000 in 2013. CxC has an incidence of 9.7 per 100,000.
For both cancers, the burden of disease is highest among the medically underserved, who lack access to critical screening, diagnostic, and therapeutic services. The medically underserved represent a large proportion of Harris County’s population, which has one of the highest uninsured rates in the nat...