As El Pasoans start to work on their New Year’s resolutions, a faculty member in Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s Center of Emphasis in Cancer is taking on the challenge of rising obesity rates and obesity-related cancers in our community.
On Tuesday officials announced that Assistant Professor Jennifer Salinas, Ph.D., had been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to fund an innovative obesity-related cancer prevention program.
Via a news release, TTUHSC El Paso officials shared that obesity-related cancer is a major health problem in El Paso County, where 69 percent of the population is considered overweight or obese — a situation they called “a troubling percentage that shows no sign of decreasing.”
Titled Pasos Para Prevenir Cancer, officials say the program combines lifestyle education and fun physical activities to help El Pasoans achieve healthy weights and lessen their risk of cancer.
TTUHSC El Paso officials added, “Being overweight or obese can lead to health issues such as Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. And carrying too much body fat appears to increase the risk of certain cancers, including esophageal, colon, pancreatic, breast, uterine, kidney and thyroid cancers.”
On Thursday, January 10th, Dr. Salinas talks about Pasos Para Prevenir Cancer and the efforts the program will be making in 2019 to help El Pasoans have a healthier new year.
What: Fighting Obesity-Related Cancer
When: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 10
Where: Texas Tech Family Medicine Center in Northeast El Paso, 9849 Kenworthy Street