Goal 3: Reduce the incidence and mortality of colorectal cancer in the Houston MSA


Reduce the incidence/mortality of colorectal cancer through prevention, to reduce the chances of developing it, and screening, to detect it at its earliest stages by:

  • Policy Objective:
    • Reduce financial barriers for colorectal cancer screening

  • Education Objectives:
    • Public: Increase awareness of colorectal cancer screening options and informed decision making among those at risk
    • Public: Increase awareness of community resources related to colorectal screening among the general public
    • Professional: Increase health care professionals’ knowledge and improve practice of colorectal cancer risk, risk assessment, prevention, screening modalities, diagnosis, and treatment (e.g., knowledge and use of established guidelines; promotion of appropriate clinical trials; and appropriate pain management and supportive care)
    • Professional: Increase health care professionals’ ability to assess patients’ barriers to screening and increase their ability to help patients overcome barriers (e.g., knowledge and use of established guidelines, promotion of appropriate clinical trials and appropriate pain management and supportive care)

  • Service Objectives:
    • Increase health care professionals’ knowledge and improve practice of long-term follow-up of survivors of colorectal cancer (include surveillance, prevention/screening, late effects, quality of life and coordination of care)
    • Increase access to and use of appropriate, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, quality colorectal cancer prevention, screening, and diagnostic services.
    • Increase the number and geographical distribution of practitioners providing colonoscopy.



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Data from the Texas Cancer Registry, SEER, and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) are used to prioritize cancer sites and risk factors for inclusion within the cancer control plan. The following data and data sources are informing the activities of the Goal 3: Colorectal Cancer Workgroup.


  • Use of a FIT-Flu Intervention to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in the Houston Metropolitan Area
    • Two year service grant funded in August 2012 by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

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News and Events

Hope Through Grace

Hope Through Grace, Inc. 10th Annual Symposium
Addressing Colorectal Cancer: Blending our Worlds of Spiritual and Physical Health

November 4, 2014
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM CDT

The Kingdom Builders' Center
6011 W. Orem Dr.
Houston, TX 77085

Register online at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9nl9fob49ba9b72&llr=b6nndcdab&showPage=true

Registration Fee:
After October 8, 2014: $75.00
Early Bird Registration-Extended (before October 9, 2014): $65.00
Student Registration - Student ID or proof of enrollment required at check-in: $25.00

CEU Credit
1 Hour of CEU credit will be available for Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors who attend this event in its entirety. Those seeking credit must stay for the entire program. No partial credits will be given.

Additional information: 713-668-4673 or email info@hopethroughgrace.org

There is good news about colorectal cancer (CRC) – the incidence and mortality rates are declining, and there is a substantial increase in screening participation. Not all news is good, however. Colorectal cancer continues to be the second leading cancer killer of men and women in the US, State of Texas, and in the Houston Metroplex. As such, colon cancer continues to be a major public health problem. If we are to stop this preventable disease, all prevention efforts must be intensified.

Hope Through Grace, Inc. has joined forces with the American Cancer Society and others to stamp out this disease. In partnership with the Institute for Spirituality and Health, Hope Through Grace, Inc., announces its 10th Annual Symposium – "Addressing Colorectal Cancer: Blending our Worlds of Spiritual and Physical Health."

Attention will be given to progress thus far and to challenges attendant to the intractable incidence and mortality rates of colorectal cancer. Participants will better understand crucial issues regarding risk reduction, increased screening participation rates, status of health care reform, as well as interventions for stamping out CRC. Funding resources for health and wellness programs, testimonies of survivors and caregivers, and recommendations for healthy lifestyle behavioral change also will be addressed.

Keynote speakers include Richard C. Wender, M.D., Chief Cancer Control Officer of the American Cancer Society and Elena M. Marks, J.D., MPH, President and CEO of Episcopal Health Foundation and Health Policy Scholar at Rice University's Baker Institute.

Also among distinguished presenters are: Jo Z. Carcedo, MPA, Director of Grant-Marketing - Episcopal Health Foundation; Olethia Chisolm, M.D., FACP, Internist - Kelsey-Seybold Clinic; Lewis E. Foxhall, M.D., Vice President for Health Policy - The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Lex Gillan of The Yoga Institute and Consultant to the Institute for Spirituality and Health (Texas Medical Center); John K. Graham, M.D., D.Min, President & CEO - Institute for Spirituality and Health; and Armin D. Weinberg, Ph.D., President & CEO - Life Beyond Cancer Foundation.

The event provides a platform for the Houston Metroplex to join the American Cancer Society in taking the pledge "80% by 2018" and concludes with a community-wide call to action.

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