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"Twelve years ago, Texas made history with an unprecedented initiative to take on cancer. Texas is clearly showing that the investment and focus have been worth it. We are making enormous progress in advancing the understanding of cancer science, accelerating potential cures and prevention strategies, and transforming the cancer landscape in Texas."
This week, CPRIT Chief Scientific Officer James Willson, MD presented invited testimony to the Senate Transportation Committee on SB 2014 and SB 2015 by Senator Pat Fallon. In his testimony, Dr. Willson outlined progress made on Childhood Cancer through CPRIT-funded research.
In 2019 there will be an estimated 11,533 cases of colon cancer and 4,242 deaths in Texas. Colon cancer could be virtually eliminated through screening and treatment yet it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Texas. Learn more about how CPRIT funds numerous programs combating this disease.
Every minute three new cases of cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. According to the Texas Cancer Registry, cancer is the leading cause of death for Texans. However, an estimated 50 percent of all cancers could be prevented. Thanks to CPRIT more than five million cancer prevention services have been made available in all 254 Texas counties. In recognition of National Cancer Prevention Month, learn more about cancer prevention and how CPRIT is advancing the fight against cancer in Texas.