|Awarded On||November 19, 2014|
|Title||Improving Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Through Public Outreach, Patient Navigation, and Telementoring|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Kathleen Schmeler|
|Cancer Sites||Cervix Uteri|
Cervical cancer is a preventable disease with established evidence-based interventions including prophylactic vaccination as well as screening followed by treatment of pre-invasive disease [1-5]. In the U.S., cervical cancer incidence and mortality have decreased by approximately 70% over the last 40 years due to implementation of screening programs [4, 6-8]. However, medically-underserved areas have been unable to achieve this same success due to a lack of access to screening programs, limited public education, and insufficient referral and/or availability of trained personnel locally to perform the recommended diagnostic procedures and treatments. One such area is the Lower Rio Grand...