UT Tyler Health Sciences Center to launch 2 new cancer programs with $3 million CPRIT grant funding

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The TEXAS Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT) Oversight Committee has approved approximately $3.5 million for the University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center (HSC ) to fund two CPRIT programs related to cancer prevention.

The DEFEAT (Delivering Education, Focused Navigation, and Equitable Access across East Texas) program will focus on recruiting underserved and uninsured women, ages 40-75, to have appropriate access to breast cancer screenings.

The grant will primarily impact rural populations’ access to education and the provision of breast cancer screening services. It aims to reach populations that have statistically shown higher incidence rates related to breast cancer in the northeast region of Texas.

“Residents of East Texas have many challenges when it comes to preventative health care. In partnership with our communities, we hope to provide faster breast cancer screenings to detect the disease at earlier stages..”

Paul McGaha, DO, MPH, Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health

In addition to the new DEFEAT program, grant money will be used for the continued expansion of colorectal cancer prevention “Screening to Optimize CRC Prevention in East Texas.”

The grant money will be launched on September 1. With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler recently merged with the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Tyler. Through its alignment with HSC and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research, and excellent patient care. Listed by Carnegie as a Doctoral Research Institution and by US News & World Report as a National University.

For more information, contact Rachael French at 903-752-8640.

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