TTUHSC El Paso Awarded $3.7 Million Colorectal Cancer Prevention Grant

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Navkiran Shokar, M.A., M.P.H, M.D., has received nearly $1.5 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to reduce the burden of cervical cancer in West Texas. “Hispanic women in our region have a 30 percent higher risk of dying from cervical cancer,” says Dr. Shokar, a physician and professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso). “They also have a higher incidence of cervical cancer and are typically diagnosed at later stages.” Dr. Shokar will use the grant to expand De Casa en Casa, a program that helps uninsured or underinsured Latinas access free cervical cancer screenings, or pap smears. Since its establishment in 2013, De Casa En Casa has provided more than 1,500 pap smears to women in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties.

Navkiran Shokar, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., has received $3.7 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to reduce the impact of colorectal cancer in West…

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