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Conducting research to develop, evaluate and disseminate health promotion and disease prevention programs in diverse settings and populations.

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the US, despite the fact that most cases can be prevented through routine screening. Many adults, particularly among minority populations, are simply not getting screened according to recommendations, putting them at risk.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about colorectal cancer and the importance of screening. Almost all colorectal cancers begin as precancerous polyps which, if detected early enough, can be removed before they develop into cancer. And the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently updated recommendations for screening to begin at age 45. The question is: how do we get people to follow these guidelines?

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At the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, we are working in collaboration with Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout Texas to increase their patients’ colorectal cancer screening rates. Our “Public Health and Health Systems Partnerships to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Clinical Settings” program has seen an upward trend in screenings by implementing evidence-based interventions including provider audit and feedback, provider and patient reminders, and the reduction of structural barriers with partner clinics.

Please join us in spreading awareness and education about colorectal cancer screening and prevention. You can do your part by participating in the CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign and by sharing your own efforts to promote colorectal cancer screening. You can also find out more about our colorectal cancer prevention work on our Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month page.

Together, we can reduce the burden of colorectal cancer in Texas and beyond.

Our Mission

The mission of the UTHealth Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR) is to conduct research to develop, evaluate, and disseminate health promotion and disease prevention programs, with a particular focus on decreasing cancer-related and chronic disease health disparities among African American and Hispanic populations.

CHPPR is proud to be the only CDC Prevention Research Center (PRC) in the state of Texas. As one of 26 PRCs nationwide, CHPPR is part of a collaborative network of research centers focused on the study of how people and communities can avoid or counter the risks for chronic illnesses, particularly among underserved populations.


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