• For Immediate Release
    September 14, 2015 - AUSTIN, TX
  • For more information, contact
    Chris Cutrone 512-305-8483

CPRIT and the CAP Foundation Collaborate to Offer See, Test & Treat Program

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) today announced the release for applications for See, Test & Treat, an innovative breast and cervical cancer screening program of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the CAP Foundation.

CPRIT will award up to $25,000 for each See, Test & Treat program providing same-day screenings, results, education and access to follow-up care for uninsured and underserved women in Texas. Applications must be submitted by January 7, 2016.

“Our collaboration with the CAP Foundation underscores CPRIT’s emphasis on targeting populations in Texas where significant disparities in cancer incidence and mortality exist,” said Dr. Becky Garcia, the agency’s chief prevention and communications officer. “By providing Texas women screenings and opportunities to learn more about their risks, we can detect cancers earlier, when the potential for survival is greatest.”

See, Test & TreatisCPRIT’s first collaboration with a national organization on a cancer prevention initiative. The program is targeted to medically at-risk populations faced with financial, linguistic, social, and cultural barriers to health care. 

“As physicians who diagnose disease, pathologists understand the value of routine cervical and breast cancer screening. We must help women realize the need for regular cancer screening,” said CAP Foundation Board President Jennifer Laudadio, MD, FCAP. “That’s why we are thrilled to be collaborating with CPRIT and expanding our reach to serve more women in Texas.”

As collaborators, CPRIT will review, select and fund applications for the See, Test & Treat programs offered in Texas while CAP Foundation will provide program guidance and educational materials. Each program brings together pathologists, gynecologists, radiologists, family medicine practitioners, laboratory technicians, nurses, outreach specialists and community advocates for screenings, test results, follow-up care and health education counseling.

Breast cancer is expected to take the lives of nearly 3,000 women in Texas this year and cervical cancer will account for close to 400 deaths, according to the Texas Cancer Registry. The incidence of both breast and cervical cancer among minority women is higher than that of the general population.

“See, Test & Treat allows women to be seen, tested, and referred for follow up care in one visit, removing significant barriers, including financial, language, transportation, or the need to take additional time off work,” Dr. Garcia noted. 

Since 2010, the program has provided services to women in 12 U.S. cities, including three in Texas—Austin, Houston and Conroe.  In Austin, more than 15 percent of the women screened had abnormal mammograms.

“Women 40 and older from underserved Hispanic communities were one of our target populations to serve,” said Dr. Jennifer Blankenship, who led See, Test & Treat last year at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin. “Hispanic and African-American women in Texas have a higher mortality rate from breast cancer despite having lower disease rates than the general population. That is largely because they tend to participate less in screening programs and are diagnosed at later stages.”

For general information on eligibility criteria, the application process, and other details about the CPRIT grant, visit www.cprit.state.tx.us/funding-opportunities/.

Since 2009, CPRIT has awarded more than $1.35 billion in grants to Texas researchers, institutions and organizations. CPRIT provides funding through its academic research, prevention and product development research programs. Programs made possible with CPRIT funding have reached all 254 counties of the state, brought nearly 100 distinguished researchers to Texas, advanced scientific and clinical knowledge, and provided nearly 2.5 million life-saving education, training, prevention and early detection services to Texans. Learn more at www.cprit.texas.gov. Follow CPRIT on Twitter @CPRITTexas and Facebook.

About the College of American Pathologists and CAP Foundation
As the leading organization for board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. With more than 18,000 physician members, the CAP has led as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation for 50 years with more than 7,600 CAP-accredited laboratories in 50 countries. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter at @pathologists.

The CAP Foundation, its philanthropic arm, supports patient-centered and humanitarian initiatives led by pathologists, striving to connect people in underserved communities with the specialized skills of pathologists. Contact the CAP Foundation capfnd@cap.org or follow us on Twitter at #seetesttreat.

CAP Foundation funding for See, Test & Treat is made possible through the continued generous support of CAP member pathologists, staff, foundations, industry, and private donations. Learn more and donate: foundation.cap.org