|Awarded On||August 18, 2021|
|Title||Strengthening Safety Net Health Systems to Improve Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Screening and Follow-up among the Medically Underserved|
|Award Mechanism||Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services to Rural and Medically Underserved Populations|
|Institution/Organization||Baylor College of Medicine|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Jane R Montealegre|
|Cancer Sites||Cervix Uteri, Colorectal|
*Pending contract negotiation
Need Colorectal (CRC) and cervical cancer (CxC) remain significant causes of morbidity and mortality in Texas, the U.S. and worldwide. In Harris County, Texas, CRC is the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality for men and women combined and CxC incidence is significantly higher than nationally. Both cancers are marked by stark racial/ethnic disparities. For example, in Harris County, the burden of CxC is almost twice as high among Hispanic compared to non-Hispanic white women. CRC is significantly higher among Black men and women compared to non-Hispanic whites. There are effective screening tools for the early detection of CRC and CxC. However, screening rates are sub-optimal, par...