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Behavioral Research - Cancer Control and Population Sciences

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Behavioral Studies Regarding HPV and Cervical Cancer

An Appalachian Cervical Cancer Prevention Project

Investigator: Nancy Schoenberg, PhD

This project seeks to reduce the disproportionately high cervical cancer rates among middle age and older Appalachian women with low rates of Pap testing. It is utilizing a community participatory, tailored, faith-based intervention entitled "Faith Moves Mountains." A multidisciplinary team of social scientists, community leaders, physicians, and cancer control experts are evaluating the efficacy of the intervention using a grouprandomized experimental design. The results are expected to enable researchers and communities to better address the barriers that prevent rural women from receiving Pap tests and recommended follow-up care, and establish a community-based model for cancer prevention that can be extrapolated to other rural, underserved communities.

For more information, contact NCI Program Director: Veronica Chollette, RN, MS

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Last Updated: January 5, 2012

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