|Awarded On||February 15, 2017|
|Title||University Health System Hepatitis Viral Infection and Systematic Treatment Program (HepVISTA)|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||University Health System|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Roberto Villarreal|
|Cancer Sites||Gallbladder, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct|
Need: South Texas has the highest incidence of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) in the United States, about 5% higher than the rest of the country. From 2011 to 2013, the liver cancer mortality rate for Hispanics in Bexar County (14.4 per 100,000) exceeded the rate for White (6.5) and African Americans (7.9).
The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the major risk for HCC, and the majority of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) positive patients are baby boomers (i.e., those born 1945-1965). In previous studies, we demonstrated that University Health System baby boomers had more than twice the prevalence of HCV when compared to national estimates. The current HCV screening rate is 11% for this age group, highlighti...