The Prevention Program's guiding principles are to fund evidence-based interventions across the prevention continuum for any cancer types that are culturally appropriate for the target population and validated by documented research or applied evidence.
We can prevent approximately half of all cancers. However, the ability to reduce cancer death rates depends, in part, on more broadly applying evidence-based prevention interventions currently available. CPRIT's prevention grant awards make it possible for prevention interventions and services to reach more Texans to decrease the burden of cancer. Through its Prevention Program, CPRIT invests in effective community-based interventions so that new technologies and services are made available across the state, with priority given to areas and populations that are underserved.
Because of proven prevention interventions, early detection, and better treatments, we are seeing steadily declining mortality rates. Texas has seen a drop in the death rates from cancer by almost fourteen percent between 2010 and 2018 (the latest data available); this translates to nearly 25,580 averted deaths. This is due to the efforts of everyone in the state who is addressing cancer incidence and mortality.
Preventing cancers or detecting them early also provides economic benefits to the state. According to The Perryman Group, every $1 spent through CPRIT for screening and prevention leads to $29.08 in treatment cost-savings, preserved productivity, and other economic benefits through earlier detection of cancers.
The maps below offer a "snapshot" of the county of residence of people served and major focus areas of currently active CPRIT Prevention projects. Individual projects may offer additional services.
Resources for Cancer Prevention and Control
Cancer incidence and mortality in Texas
Designated Medically Underserved Areas, Health Professional Shortage Areas and Non-metropolitan Areas of Texas
Resources by topic
Effective communication tools for public education and outreach programs
- Making Health Communication Programs Work – National Cancer Institute
- Social Media Tools, Guidelines & Best Practices – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Program Sustainability Assessment Tool, Washington University in St. Louis
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Program Sustainability Assessment Tool
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Using the Program Sustainability Tool to Assess and Plan for Sustainability
Chief Prevention Officer