|Awarded On||November 19, 2015|
|Title||Optimizing Colorectal Cancer Screening in East Texas|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Cancer Prevention Services - Colorectal Cancer Prevention Coalition|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Paul McGaha|
Incidence and mortality rates from colorectal cancer (CRC) are higher in East Texas compared to Texas as a whole. CRC screening rates in Texas are far lower for individuals without compared to those with health insurance (6.8% vs. 9.1% for stool blood testing, 28.1% vs. 57.8% for endoscopy). CRC death rates per 100,000 persons are higher in rural than in urban counties. Our team will increase access to and delivery of CRC services (fecal immunochemical testing and colonoscopy), focusing on the uninsured and underinsured.
We will provide a coordinated program to increase access to and delivery of CRC services to individuals in a 19 county area of East Texas. ...