The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health in New Orleans has been awarded a $15 million federal grant to support its cancer education, early detection, comprehensive control and registry programs.
The money, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will pay over five years, will go toward the school’s Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health program, which offers no-cost mammograms and Pap tests to low-income or underinsured women across the state; its Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, which focuses on preventable cancers and tobacco use and obesity as cancer risk-factors; as well as the Louisiana Tumor Registry, a statewide population-based cancer registry.
[Photo: Dr. Donna Williams]
[Dr. Xiaocheng Wu]
“More than half of all cancers are preventable or can be detected early and cured,” said Dr. Donna Williams, director of Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Programs and associate dean for public health practice and community engagement at LSU. “While Louisiana has one of the highest death rates from cancer in the country, the cancer control programs at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health are working across the state to help Louisianans prevent cancers.”
“I am very grateful for the continued funding support from the CDC for the Louisiana Tumor Registry,” adds Dr. Xiaocheng Wu, professor and director of the Louisiana Tumor Registry at LSU. “The funding will continue to help the Louisiana Tumor Registry to improve the completeness, quality, and timeliness of its data and expand the use of the data to reduce the cancer burden in Louisiana.”Tags: LSU