Grant ID PP180086
Awarded On August 24, 2018
Title Liver Cancer Prevention among those with Experiences of Homelessness
Program Prevention
Award Mechanism Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services
Institution/Organization The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Principal Investigator/Program Director Vanessa R Schick
Cancer Sites Gallbladder, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct
Contracted Amount $1,159,751
Lay Summary

Mortality due to liver cancer is increasing at a rate that is faster than any other cancer with an incidence rate that is the second fastest growing of all cancers, increasing 56% from 2003-2012. Among individuals with liver cancer, hepatitis is estimated to be a contributing factor in 65-78% of the cases, making prevention and treatment of Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) one of the most effective ways to reduce liver cancer.

Relative to the national prevalence rate of 1.6-2.1%, studies have found HCV prevalence rates among the homeless range from 22-69%. HBV risk is similarly high with HBV rates among the homeless ranging from 23-40%. Although vaccination for ...

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