|Awarded On||August 24, 2018|
|Title||Liver Cancer Prevention among those with Experiences of Homelessness|
|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|
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 ...