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Colorectal Cancer Screening & Coalition


Information about colorectal cancer screening programs and coalition administered through The University of Texas MD Anderson Office of Health Policy.


Updated May 2021

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FIT Colorectal Cancer Screening Program


Free colorectal cancer screening
The FIT Colorectal Cancer Screening Program is a project of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The FIT stool test is a colon cancer screening exam you can do at home. It is easy and it may save your life.

You may be able to get a free FIT test through this program if:
  • Have a low-income and no medical insurance
  • Be between 45 and 75 years old
  • Not have any symptoms of colorectal cancer (rectal bleeding or blood in stool, persistent changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss)
  • Not have inflammatory bowel disease (acute diarrhea, colitis, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)

If your FIT test result shows that you have blood in your stool, you will be offered a free colonoscopy. Contact the clinic to find out if you qualify to receive the free FIT colon cancer test.

For a list of participating clinics, visit the Texas Cancer Information colorectal cancer screening services page, Where can I get screened for colon cancer?.

Project Contacts


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Alliance for Colorectal Testing (ACT)


The Alliance for Colorectal Testing (ACT) project aims to increase colorectal cancer screening (CRCS) for asymptomatic patients at average risk and referral directly to colonoscopy for increased risk patients. Primary care clinics are expected to offer a take-home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) tests to their patients who are uninsured and/or who have low-income. This CRCS program provides for payment of costs related to the FIT test, follow-up colonoscopy and polypectomy if needed. This comprehensive approach is supported by robust coordination of service providers involved in colonoscopy provision and navigation services for patients. The ACT project receives funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

For a list of participating clinics, visit the Texas Cancer Information colorectal cancer screening services page, Where can I get screened for colon cancer?.

Information for ACT Providers


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ACT Colorectal Cancer Screening Coalition


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center annually convenes a statewide Colorectal Cancer Screening (CRCS) Coalition with the aim of identifying best practices and barriers to successful implementation of CRCS programs in Texas and the status of fulfillment of the 2012 Texas Cancer Plan related to CRC. The participants examine the statewide CRC burden and identify gaps in screening. Resources, other than CPRIT funding, are identified for the implementation of additional regional coalitions.

ACT Project Contacts



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Educatonal Materials & Resources