Colorectal cancer – or cancer of the large intestine – is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for both men and women in the United States. However, it is also considered one of the most preventable cancers. With regular screenings, polyps – or unwanted growths in the colon – can be detected and removed.
The Texas A&M Health Science Center has received a $1.5 million grant that will enable a colorectal screening program for low-income Texans to continue for another three years and expand its outreach to 17 counties.
Colorectal cancer ranks second in cancer incidence and third in cancer-related deaths in the United States. Texans living in rural areas are less likely to have colorectal cancer screening, according to research conducted by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health.