EL PASO - Officials from The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas were in El Paso Friday morning to present the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and UTEP with a total 4.2 million dollars towards continuing cancer research. Other heath care facilities across the state compete for these funds, and officials say the investment in cancer helps the health of El Paso's economy as well as potential patients.
A portion of the money will be used in a large colorectal cancer awareness and screening plan for El Paso County residents. With the money, over 3 thousand El Paso residents over 50 will qualify for a free screening. By detecting cancerous growths in the colon early through routine screening, the cancer can usually be treated without incident.