Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SLU Targets Cancer Rates of Minorities; in the Hospital; Project Seeks to Expand Access to Health Care and Reduce Disparities

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SLU Targets Cancer Rates of Minorities; in the Hospital; Project Seeks to Expand Access to Health Care and Reduce Disparities

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ST. LOUIS - St. Louis University has launched a new project aimed at reducing disparities in cancer incidence and death rates among minorities, particularly African-Americans.

The SLU Center for Cancer Prevention, Research and Outreach is a collaboration between the university's cancer center and school of public health with help from a five-year, $1.25 million grant from Emerson, Express Scripts and Ascension Health.

"We are reaching out to underserved members of minority populations in north St. Louis city and county, trying to expand access to health care and thereby try to reduce the disparities," said Ricardo Wray, director of the new center.

Eventually, researchers hope to expand their programs to immigrant groups in St. Louis including Bosnian and Hispanic populations.

Researchers at SLU initially will team with advocacy organizations including the Breakfast Club, an organization of breast cancer survivors, and the Empowerment Network, which focuses on prostate cancer.

The nonprofit groups work to improve access to cancer education, screenings and treatment among African-Americans. …

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