Medical student-run clinic at Foster School of Medicine receives grant

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — One in 8 women will develop breast cancer and about 1 in 36 women will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. That’s why the American Breast Cancer Foundation helps Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso continue to meet the needs of underserved residents.

The medical student-run clinic at Foster School of Medicine will receive a $7,500 grant for breast cancer screening. “We never want to find someone with breast cancer, but we want to help them get treatment if they have it and save lives through early detection,” said Maureen Francis, MD, FACP, director of the Medical Student Run Clinic. .

The MSRC provides diagnostic, preventive and educational care to residents of Sparks, Texas, just outside the city limits of El Paso. Communities like this lack basic infrastructure due to socio-economic factors, and residents are often deprived of basic public transport, adequate health care and, in some cases, electricity and water. running water. Approximately 50 women will receive bilingual breast health education and mammograms, as well as follow-up diagnostic tests, including diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds.

In El Paso County, 105.2 out of 100,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer from 2014 to 2018, according to the National Cancer Institute. With the help of Desert Imaging’s state-of-the-art mobile mammography bus Mammos on the Move, MSRC students are reducing the number of women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, while closing the gap between basic service and transportation barriers.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Patrick Espinoza at 915-204-2370 or [email protected]
Véronique Masterson at 915-433-7407 or [email protected]

To note: Photos taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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