UNT Health Science Center, Fort Worth, receives CPRIT cancer prevention grant

Posted Date: May 24, 2010

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC) recently received almost $300,000 to fund a breast cancer education project in Dallas County.  With its award, UNTHSC will partner with the Dallas Cancer Disparities Community Coalition to implement a community-based breast cancer prevention education program aimed at reducing breast cancer disparities in the South Dallas/Fair Park area.  This award is part of a $6.8 million slate approved by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to fund 12 new cancer prevention programs through local clinics, health districts, community-based organizations and academic institutions across the state of Texas.

With an emphasis on targeting populations and areas disproportionately affected by cancer, the 12 cancer prevention grants cover a broad spectrum of preventative services and programs, such as screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers; health promotion and education programs aimed at increasing screening and vaccination rates; and improving the quality of follow-up care for pediatric cancer survivors.  The 12 awards were selected from 56 prevention applications submitted to CPRIT.

CPRIT’s goal is to expedite innovation and commercialization in the area of cancer research and to enhance access to evidence-based prevention programs and services throughout the state.  CPRIT accepts applications and awards grants for a wide variety of cancer-related research and for the delivery of cancer prevention programs and services by public and private entities located in Texas.