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Research from the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) Featured in Chicago Sun-Times

Research from the Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) and the University of Illinois Cancer Center is featured in a Chicago Sun-Times article on structural violence and colon cancer risk. CHER co-principal investigator Robert Winn, associate vice chancellor for community-based practice and director of the UI Cancer Center, and researcher Paul Grippo, associate professor of gastroenterology, are quoted in the article. “We want to be armed with data – the data that will let us petition the government and say, ‘We need to reduce the violence in our communities – not only for families who’ve lost loved ones and who bear a financial burden – but because the health of all people in the community suffers, too,’” Grippo said. Winn said: “For example, if we’re concerned about healthy and fresh food availability, now Englewood and South Shore doctors can start asking patients, ‘What is your food exposure? Your stress exposure?’ – and, as a result, they may do earlier colorectal screening [if they see a higher risk].” Read the article online: Study: Stress in high-crime neighborhoods leads to increase in colorectal cancer.

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