VIDEO: How to Bring Cancer Education, Screening to Underserved Latinos
Step 1: Innovative cancer education.
Step 2: Cancer screening.
Step 3: Catching cancer at early, treatable stages.
That’s the life-saving idea behind Salud San Antonio!, a new $2 million research project led by Dr. Cynthia Mojica, assistant professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Salud San Antonio! will partner with several community groups and employ community health workers—also known as promotoras—to teach Latinos in low-income, health-problematic areas on the city’s West and South sides about breast, cervical and colorectal cancer and the benefits of cancer screening.
After promotoras teach, they’ll refer Latinos for cancer screening and even help with travel to appointments, interpreting medical forms and more.
“This project can help detect cancer at early, more treatable stages by helping Latinos get screened who otherwise wouldn’t because of lack of money, transportation, health insurance, or knowledge of the health system,” Mojica said.
Read more about this project here.
Watch a video here or below to see Dr. Mojica talk about the pilot study that led up to her newest grant aimed to improve Latino cancer screening rates.
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