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Cervical Cancer Prevention

The WVU Cancer Institute is part of a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded research study aimed at preventing cervical cancer in at-risk Appalachian families from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia.

The WVU Cancer Institute and partnering universities – Ohio State University (the lead institution), the University of Kentucky, and the University of Virginia – target the primary causes of cervical cancer by implementing a prevention program at federally qualified health centers and clinics, which provides:

  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among patients ages 11 to 26
  • Smoking cessation counseling

This NCI research study, called Take Care, is funded by an $11 million National Cancer Institute grant and tests the effectiveness of this integrated cervical cancer prevention program.


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