|Awarded On||May 20, 2015|
|Title||FluFIT on the Frontera: Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening on the Texas-Mexico Border|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||Val Verde Regional Medical Center|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Carlos Torres|
The Texas Mexico Border Region population is rapidly increasing and colorectal cancer incidence is rising among Hispanics. Regionally, 59% have never had screening endoscopy and 90% have not had FOBT in the prior 2 yrs. Education, awareness, access, socioeconomic and cultural barriers adversely affect regional screening practices.
In Del Rio Texas, the target project community, only 16% and 20% of people report ever having FOBT or endoscopy respectively. Hispanic CRC incidence and mortality in Del Rio surpasses those of Hispanics state wide (38.2 vs. 37.4 and 14.1 vs. 13.6; age adjusted, per 100,000). Guideline concordant screening could prevent 60% of these deaths.