|Awarded On||August 17, 2016|
|Title||PREVENT HCC - through Screening, Vaccination and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||Baylor College of Medicine|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Aaron Thrift|
|Cancer Sites||Gallbladder, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct|
Texas has the highest incidence rates for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the U.S. HCC is highly fatal with limited options for cure and therefore prevention is paramount. Our targeted area of Harris County, Texas has an HCC incidence rate of 11.8/ 100,000, which is 1.5-times higher than the U.S overall. Being the most populous county (4.3 million residents), Harris County has the highest frequency of HCC in the state (>500 cases/year). HCC incidence in Harris County is disproportionately higher in Hispanics, Asians and Blacks than whites.
Most HCC cases are caused by chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections and therefore are preventable. Harris County...