Granting Care to the Underserved

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We are honored to share the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently awarded an almost $2.5 million grant to Rakhshanda Rahman, M.D., Medical Director of the UMC Southwest Cancer Center Breast Center of Excellence.

The grant, titled, “Access to Breast and Cervical Care for West Texas” is an expansion of a CPRIT grant Dr. Rahman was initially awarded in 2010. That grant led to the establishment of the Breast Center of Excellence’s Access to Breast Care for West Texas, which was expanded to include cervical screening services in 2014. It’s now called Access to Breast and Cervical Care for West Texas.

The latest grant funding extension will allow the UMC SWCC Breast Center of Excellence to offer mammograms and Pap smears, at no cost, to women who do not have health insurance.

“This enables us to detect cancers at a very early stage so that they are curable,” Dr. Rahman said. “This expansion will allow us to reach 60 counties in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains and central West Texas. The need within this population is great because about 47 percent do not have health insurance.”

Dr. Rahman also added ethnic minorities with limited access to these types of screenings, which make up a large portion in this region, will no longer be without access to this type of healthcare because of this grant.

Since 2010, Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center School of Medicine’s multi-campus Breast Center of Excellence (BCE) has educated more than 26,800 women, provided more than 9,500 breast and cervical screening and diagnostic services and detected 123 precursors and cancers. When added up, the CPRIT grants have allowed BCE to provide more than $5 million worth of breast and cervical cancer care to the area’s underserved population.

We are proud of Dr. Rahman and the work she is doing for patients from around the region!

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