Grant ID PP220022
Awarded On February 16, 2022
Title Liver Cancer Prevention Among Those with Experiences of Homelessness: An Expansion to Low-Income Housing in South Texas
Program Prevention
Award Mechanism Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services to Rural and Medically Underserved Populations
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 $1,959,205
Lay Summary

Need: 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. Incidence rates in South Texas range from 9.9 to 28.9 and are continuing to rise in some high need counties (e.g., Bexar, Frio). Among individuals with liver cancer, hepatitis is a contributing factor in 65-78% of cases, making prevention and treatment of Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) one of the most effective ways to reduce liver cancer. Prevalence of HCV among persons experiencing homelessness (PEH) range from 22-69% and 23-40% for HBV. Although vaccination for HBV and treatment of HCV could reduce the prevalenc...

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