LITTLE ROCK, AR - The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received a $2.5 million grant to provide colorectal cancer screenings and education in two Region 8 counties.
The grant, from the National Institutes of Health's National Center on Minority Health and Disparities, will benefit St. Francis and Mississippi counties.
UAMS' Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute will administer the program. The institute will work with local doctors in the two counties to increase the number of residents who are screened. The program calls for residents to receive testing kits they can use at home.
UAMS estimates that about 1,690 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in Arkansas in 2008. When diagnosed early, there is a 93 percent five-year survival rate. Risk factors include smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and a diet high in red meat and low in fiber.