|Awarded On||February 16, 2022|
|Title||Optimizing population selection for primary (Helicobacter pylori screening) and secondary (endoscopic screening and surveillance) prevention of gastric cancer|
|Award Mechanism||Individual Investigator Research Awards for Prevention and Early Detection|
|Institution/Organization||Baylor College of Medicine|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Aaron Thrift|
Our goal is to reduce death and suffering from stomach cancer in Texas, especially among minority and low-income populations. In the US, including Texas, rates of advanced stage stomach cancer are increasing among adults aged less than 50. Except for a small proportion of patients who are diagnosed at an early stage, cure is not possible. Therefore, prevention is important.
Helicobacter pylori infection is a bacterial infection of the lining of the stomach that accounts for 90% of stomach cancer cases, and does so by promoting formation of pre-cancerous stomach lesions called intestinal metaplasia and atrophy. Screening for H. pylori infection, which can be done by a blood test, and treatin...