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San Antonio health organizations to help prevent cancer
March 11, 2010

San Antonio Business Journal

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institution of Texas awarded nearly $600,000 to two leading San Antonio research organizations to fund programs that will help prevent cancer in underserved populations in Bexar County.

University Health System will use its funding to launch a breast and cervical cancer education and outreach initiative. University will use the money for tailored print materials, mass media and patient reminder systems.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will use its funding to collaborate with four San Antonio community health groups in delivering a cancer education and outreach program on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer.

The two awards are part of a $6.8 million allocation from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institution of Texas to organizations statewide.

"It all starts with prevention and until we find the cure for all cancers, these efforts are critical," says CPRIT Oversight Committee Chairman James Mansour. "This investment places Texas in the forefront of the nation in our commitment to cancer prevention."

Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2007 establishing the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Voters also authorized the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas.

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