Prevention Research Centers

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Q & A with PRC Expert on Colon Cancer Screening

Ma Somsouk MD, Principal Investigator

Ma Somouck, M.D.
Principal Investigator


Compared with other cancer screening efforts, colorectal cancer screening remains low, especially in underinsured populations. What can be done to improve screening for this preventable cancer?


For colorectal cancer screening, we have found that physically mailing a stool test kit to patients who are not currently up-to-date on this screening, can dramatically increase the screening rate—even in underinsured populations. Learn more about the University of California, San Francisco, Prevention Research Center.External

The Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) are a network of 26 academic research centers in the United States that study how people and their communities can avoid or counter the risks for chronic illnesses. Through rigorous research, each center conducts at least one main project with an underserved population that has high rates of disease and disability. Projects are conducted with community partners who are engaged throughout the research effort. The centers also work with partners on Special Interest Projects (SIPs). These projects focus on a topic of interest or a gap in scientific evidence. SIP funding is competitively awarded to schools of public health or schools of medicine associated with the PRC network. Additionally, groups of PRCs work together as thematic networks and focus on a specific health topics. Learn more at About Prevention Research Centers.

PRC Study Findings

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