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

Objectives

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

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.



Programs

  • 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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