|Awarded On||August 16, 2023|
|Title||ACTION for Big Country|
|Award Mechanism||Cancer Screening and Early Detection|
|Institution/Organization||Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Julie St. John|
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of cancers affecting men and women, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cancer killer in the United States, with 52,980 deaths in 2021. CRC is one of two cancers that can be prevented through regular screening (the other being cervical cancer) by the removal of precancerous polyps during colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy screening. The Big Country area around Abilene is lacking available CRC screening services, and has low rates of CRC screening. We intend to include 7 counties in this project, all of which are included in the Council of Governments (COG) Region 7. We will provide CRC education, FIT test scree...