Low-income, underserved and rural Texans in 21 counties have access to free colorectal cancer screenings, prevention education and patient navigation, thanks to support from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Dr. Jason McKnight,of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, and Dr. Jane Bolin, at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, received a three-year, $1.5 million grant to advance colon cancer screenings provided through the Texas Cancer Screening, Training, Education and Prevention Program (C-STEP).
To date, C-STEP which began in 2011, has provided 2,475 screenings and detected 23 colorectal cancers in those people who would not have access to these services otherwise. In addition, 17,254 people have received face-to-face education or navigation, more than 215,000 people have been indirectly reached, and 2,553 professionals have received face-to-face education on colorectal cancer prevention.
A $1.35 million CPRIT grant awarded allowed C-STEP to expand women’s cancer prevention services to uninsured and low-income women residing in 17 largely rural Texas counties. The project provides breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnostics, education, care and navigation while educating family physician residents, nursing and nurse practitioner students, and community health workers.
C-STEP has provided 2,421 women’s breast cancer services that have detected 19 breast cancers, and 1,082 cervical cancer services that have resulted in three diagnoses. The project has been so successful it is serving as a national model and has spawned additional clinical partnerships that will make these services available for more women.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 18