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Federal grant to fund partnership promoting colorectal cancer screenings

Researchers will especially focus on serving rural parts of Missouri.

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A new University of Missouri School of Medicine project will target Missouri clinics in areas with low colorectal cancer screening rates. Source: Shutterstock

Nov. 10, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control has awarded researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, a $500,000 grant for the first year to partner with clinics to increase colorectal screening rates with a focus in rural parts of the state.

“Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly type of cancer in Missouri,” said co-principal investigator Kevin Everett, associate professor of family and community medicine. “It’s also one of the most deadly. Since most new colorectal cancers occur in those older than 50, it’s extremely important that adults between the ages of 50 and 75 be screened.”

The project will provide proven protocol, monitoring and support to clinics with the goal of increasing colorectal cancer screening rates by at least 5% per year. In addition to screening reminders and data monitoring, the grant will also assist with ensuring access to follow-up colonoscopies and identifying financial resources for uninsured and underinsured patients.

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