|Awarded On||August 21, 2019|
|Title||Expanding Colorectal Cancer Screenings Throughout East Texas|
|Award Mechanism||Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services to Rural and Medically Underserved Populations|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Paul McGaha|
Need: This proposal expands our current successful CPRIT screening project from 19 to 32 primarily rural counties in East Texas, effectively covering the entire East Texas region that suffers from alarming CRC incidence and mortality rates. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the fourth most frequently diagnosed and second most fatal cancer in the United States(36). However, the majority of CRC can be prevented with preventive screenings such as fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) and colonoscopy. East Texas, a primarily rural, medically underserved area of Texas approximately the size of West Virginia, is disproportionately affected by higher rates of CRC incidence and mortality when compared to both...