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.