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Stepping up to fight colorectal cancer in the Panhandle.

When compared to other regions nationally and statewide, the Texas Panhandle has unique demographics that include a higher uninsured population and a significant number of refugees. A higher percentage of citizens living below the poverty level further increase the number of uninsured in the area. The result for many of these people — and their families is access to proper health care is severely limited. Subsequently there are overall lower numbers of preventive screenings for colorectal cancer.

  Get FIT

Dr. Subhasis Misra, the Primary Investigator on ‘Get F.I.T. to Stay Fit, Stepping Up to Fight Colorectal Cancer in the Panhandle’ was awarded 1.4 million dollars to initiate a program improve the colorectal cancer screening rates among men and women in the Texas Panhandle. The program is a multi-component, evidence-based endeavor that will target low income, underserved populations including refugees. The program will achieve this by educating residents via community health workers (CHWs), employing translation services and distributing Fecal Immunochemical Test (F.I.T.) kits, which are a screening tool for colorectal cancer.

Getting screened for colorectal cancer can and does save the lives of men and women. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. One of the most common misconceptions is that the disease affects only men. Colorectal cancer affects everyone, which means screening is just as important for women. Regular screening, knowing the facts about colorectal cancer and properly moving forward with treatment, increase the hope of a longer, healthier life.

The Get F.I.T. to Stay Fit program is providing education and clinical services to the Texas Panhandle in hopes of preventing colorectal cancer deaths and ultimately improving quality of life by catching the illness in its early stages. Those who qualify will receive the testing at no cost and can call to determine eligibility and schedule screenings at (806) 414-9175.

For more information about getting colorectal screening in the Texas Panhandle, go to or call (806) 414-9175.