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RTIPS Meet Up: Family (Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Risk Education) Project (FCARE)

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Recently we added a new Research-tested Intervention Program (RTIP), “Family (Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Risk Education) Project (FCARE)”. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer diagnosed among men and women in the United States, and individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer are at increased risk of developing the disease. FCARE is a tailored, motivation-based intervention using telephone counseling and mailed printed materials for family members of individuals who have been diagnosed with CRC. FCARE aims to promote colonoscopy screening among people with familial CRC risk through education on the increased CRC risk associated with family history, the importance of routine screening to prevent CRC, and early detection to initiate CRC treatment. FCARE is guided by two theoretical models: The extended parallel process model (EPPM), a fear management model, is the basis for the content of the intervention, while the intervention’s delivery style is based on motivational interviewing (MI). According to EPPM, individuals who perceive a threat (e.g., CRC) to be personally relevant and serious, who believe a recommended action (e.g., screening) can avert the threat, and who have self-efficacy to take the recommended action will take the action. MI is used to engage the participant in the process, promote self-efficacy, and encourage the participant to respond positively to the information on CRC risk. We invite you to read more about the program on the RTIPs website, and post your thoughts on this exciting new program below!