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$2.1 Million Cancer Grant for TC Researchers

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RESEARCHING A NEW PATH

From left: Dave Momrow, American Cancer Society SVP Cancer Control; Donald Distasio, ACS CEO; TC Professor Charles Basch; and TC Provost Thomas James

RESEARCHING A NEW PATH

TC Professor Charles Basch receives a $2.1 million grant from the American Cancer Society for research promoting colon cancer screening in low-income and minority populations

TC faculty members Charles Basch and Randi Wolf have received a $2.1 million grant from the American Cancer Society for research promoting colon cancer screening in low-income and minority populations. The grant is the largest ever awarded in the American Cancer Society’s Eastern Division, which is comprised of New York and New Jersey. Highly treatable when diagnosed early, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among U.S. adults.
In previous work, Basch and Wolf demonstrated that telephone outreach can increase colorectal screening in a hard-to-reach, low-income, urban minority population. In their new five-year study, they will explore the effect of a doctor’s recommendation on patient screening behavior.
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