ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Saint Louis University is creating a new cancer education, prevention and research center to improve the survival of minorities.

The Center for Cancer Prevention will target particularly African-American residents in north St. Louis and north St. Louis County to start. Later, it will expand services to immigrant minorities such as Bosnian and Hispanic communities, according to the Center’s director, Dr. Ricardo Wray.

“The focus for our center, particularly in the first couple of years, will be breast and prostate cancer,” Wray said. “Those two cancers are a priority really because the disparities between a lot of cancers are particularly pronounced in breast and prostate.”

Dr. Wray says medically underserved groups are often diagnosed with cancer too late. By then the cancer has spread and is at a later stage, when available treatments are less effective.

Emerson, Express Scripts and Ascension Health are supporting the center through a combined $1.25 milliom, five-year grant.


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