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Louisiana health centers get cancer grants

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal grants have been awarded to 16 community health centers in Louisiana to improve care and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer.

The centers are among 810 nationwide that received grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to help them become "medical homes" that will coordinate patients' care. DHH says patients seen in such practices get more preventive services, including cervical cancer screening.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that cervical cancer it kills more than 4,000 women a year in the United States.

The Pap test and the human papilloma virus test are used to detect pre-cancerous changes. Treating those will keep them from becoming cancers.

Grant recipients include Excelth, New Orleans; Innis Community Health Center, Innis; Jefferson Community Health Care Centers, Avondale; Primary Health Services Center, Monroe;

Access Health Louisiana, Luling; Morehouse Community Medical Centers, Bastrop; Southwest Louisiana Primary Health Care Center, Opelousas; Teche Action Board, Franklin;

Tensas Community Health Center, St. Joseph; Capitol City Family Health Center, Baton Rouge; Primary Care Providers For a Healthy Feliciana, Clinton; St. Gabriel Health Clinic, St Gabriel;

Winn Community Health Center, Winnfield; Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center, New Iberia; Out-Patient Medical Center, Natchitoches; and St. Thomas Community Health Center, New Orleans.

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