|Awarded On||August 02, 2012|
|Title||Use of a FIT-Flu Intervention to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in the Houston Metropolitan Area|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||David J Vining|
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and the State of Texas. Colorectal cancer is curable when it is detected in its early stages but often deadly when diagnosed late. Scientific studies have shown that screening for the detection and treatment of certain polyps and early cancer helps to prevent or even cure colorectal cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided with regular screening.
Despite many screening options that exist today, only about half of Americans have undergone any type of screening during the past 5 years and that number is even less in minority populations wh...