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What's new on the Texas Cancer Information website.


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Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Unisured Patients, in English and Spanish

Updated May 2021

Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Patients at https://www.texascancer.info/access/ helps low-income or uninsured Texans seeking free or low-cost cancer screening or treatment. Texas Cancer Information staff investigated procedures, contacts and clinic locations for screening and treatment for every Texas county. Information on how to obtain cancer care services in each of these counties is available in English and in Spanish and can be printed or downloaded in PDF format.

Simply answer a few questions and you will have the information you need in seconds.


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Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Services

  Updated May 2021, plus Maps

Visit Where can I get screened for colon cancer? to find clinics in over 40 Texas counties that are offering free colorectal cancer screenings through MD Anderson's FIT-Flu and ACT programs and to find screening programs serving other counties provided by other Texas organizations. Learn more...


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MD Anderson Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program

  Posted May 2021

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of 25 sites accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) to provide a five-day class for individuals interested in seeking Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training. The program offers the highest quality of tobacco treatment training based on the most up-to-date evidence-based tobacco cessation research and treatment strategies.

We welcome participants from all health care disciplines and cultures. Our goal is to train interdisciplinary health care providers and public health professionals to become tobacco cessation champions for their organizations and communities.

Upcoming Trainings


Please contact us at ctts@mdanderson.org if you have any questions about the program or would like to be added to the participant waiting list for trainings in the fall and winter of 2021.

Audience Criteria

This activity is intended for health care providers and behavioral health professionals, who counsel patients toward full cessation of tobacco and nicotine products.

Scholarship Opportunity

By way of a generous donation to the Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program from Mr. Ellis J. Williamson, a World War II Veteran and retired member of the Army Air Corps hailing from Gallatin, Texas (Cherokee County), scholarships will be available for the March, June and July 2021 trainings. To qualify, participants must provide tobacco and nicotine cessation services at either a U.S. Veterans Affairs Hospital/Medical Center in Texas or a Federally Qualified Health Center in the Northeast Texas region. To learn more information or inquire about eligibility for the scholarship, email CTTS@mdanderson.org.

For more information on the training, visit the website at https://www.mdanderson.org/education-training/professional-education/continuing-education-review-courses/certified-tobacco-treatment-training-program.html.


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Texas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2018 - Behavioral Risk Factors Related to Cancer Control (PDF)

The Office of Health Policy at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has compiled a slide deck of the 2018 BRFSS survey results associated with Cancer-Related Health Behaviors by gender, race/ethnicity, and education for the state of Texas.


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Slides on HPV Vaccination Initiation and Up-To-Date Coverage

Posted April 2020

The Office of Health Policy at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has compiled two slide decks that provide data on initiation and up-to-date HPV vaccination coverage by gender and poverty level among adolescents 13-17 years in Texas and the U.S, 2014-2018. Learn more....


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Introduction to Cancer Survivorship

Content Still Available for Viewing (CE/CME No Longer Available)

This University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Professional Oncology Education Program online course will be of value to Primary care health professionals: physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, genetic counselors and community health workers. Learn more...


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2018 Texas Cancer Plan

2018 Texas Cancer Plan

The Texas Cancer Plan (the Plan) aims to reduce the cancer burden across the state and improve the lives of Texans. As the statewide call to action for cancer research, prevention, and control, the Plan identifies the challenges and issues that affect our state and presents a set of goals, objectives, and strategies to help inform and guide communities in the fight against cancer. The intent of the Plan is to provide a coordinated, prioritized, and actionable framework that will help guide efforts to mitigate the cancer burden.

The 2018 Texas Cancer Plan is published by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). To learn more about The Plan, click on the following link: https://www.cprit.state.tx.us/about-us/texas-cancer-plan


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Houston and Harris County Food Access Analysis Tool

The Houston and Harris County Food Access Analysis Tool is an interactive map of the various food access-related services in Houston and Harris County that was collected prior to Hurricane Harvey. This tool was developed in response to a strong community voice seeking to identify, learn and connect all forms of providers in the food-related ecosystem to one another but also for medical providers to use this information to support patient care plans. The tool offers key features and capabilities such as:
  • ability to search of all resources within a specific zip code by simply entering it into the search bar;
  • zoom in and out to view community-centric information;
  • access and plot the various food-related services and retailers by selecting the green layers icon and then the optional layers;
  • the ability to view transportation routes, medical providers and income data;
  • select multiple layers to overlay information; and
  • lastly, print the information needed to connect residents and community partners.
The analysis tool is the result of a cross-sector collaborative supported and funded by the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and GE Healthymagination, and anchored by The University of Texas School of Public Health.


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Skin Cancer Prevention Toolkit For Institutions of Higher Education


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Melanoma Moon Shot Program and Cancer Prevention and Control Platform seek to develop and implement community-based efforts related to the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, specifically melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. These two teams collaborated to develop the Skin Cancer Prevention Toolkit For Institutions of Higher Education. The toolkit is designed to assist college and university leaders in adopting, implementing and enforcing skin cancer prevention campus policies and practices.

The tools and materials provided in this toolkit support and explain the benefits and rationale for a 100% Indoor Tanning-Free Campus Policy, a Sun Protection Campus Policy, and skin cancer prevention education and health services activities. This toolkit also provides resources and tips on drafting, enforcing, communicating and evaluating policy.

To view/download the toolkit, click on one of the following links.

Skin Cancer Poster


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Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education

On behalf of the City of Houston/Harris County Community Transformation Initiative, the Comprehensive Cancer Control Tobacco Work Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center created a Houston/Harris County Tobacco Task Force (Task Force) to serve as a place for collaboration, resource development, and technical assistance to address tobacco use among college campus populations. The Houston Department of Health & Human Services received a planning award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build capacity to support healthy lifestyles in Harris County. The award targets tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, quality clinical and other preventive services, and social and emotional wellness.

The work group was charged with lending their expertise to the development of a Tobacco Task Force Toolkit. The purpose of the Toolkit is to provide a coordinated strategic framework for institutions of higher education in Houston/Harris County to develop and or strengthen their current campus tobacco policy.


>Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education


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