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Texas A&M Receives $1.5 Million for Innovative Colorectal Screening Program

The Texas Cancer Screening, Training, Education and Prevention Program (Texas C-STEP) of the Texas A&M Health Science Center has been awarded $1.5 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Dr. Jane Bolin, professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, and Dr. David McClellan, assistant professor at the College of Medicine, serve as co-principal investigators on the program that screens and educates uninsured and low-income patients at risk for colon cancer while training family medicine residents in colorectal cancer screening procedures. Ms. Janet Helduser, of the Texas A&M School of Public Health, serves as program manager.

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[Photo: Dr. Jane Bolin]

The successful program is the featured cover article of this month’s Texas Medical Association Magazine.

The 3-year continuation and expansion grant increases the number of counties served from 7 to 17 counties. Since the first grant was awarded in 2011, the family medicine residency program has conducted more than 1,200 colonoscopies, with more than 800 colonoscopies funded by CPRIT. Through these colonoscopies, polyps were discovered in 275 people and 11 cases of cancer were found.

Dr. Bolin, Ms. Helduser, and Dr. McClellan hope the C-STEP program will serve as a national model for reducing the incidence of colon cancer as well as incorporating cancer prevention, screening, and education into family medicine residency training programs.