|August 19, 2020
|A Regional Expansion of Cervical Cancer Screening and Patient Navigation in North Texas (E-XSPAN)
|Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services to Rural and Medically Underserved Populations
|The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
|Principal Investigator/Program Director
|Keith E Argenbright
Need: Texas has the 4th highest rate of cervical cancer incidence in the country and 7th highest mortality rate. Routine screening is the most effective way to detect cervical cancer early, when treatment is most effective, and in some cases, prevent it. In addition to screening, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination can also protect against high-risk HPV types that can lead to cervical and other cancers. While these primary and secondary prevention methods are proven to reduce cancer incidence and mortality, in Texas, 25% of women remain unscreened and less than 40% are up to date with the HPV vaccination series. Disparities are further observed across race, ethnicity, income, education le...