I am delighted the intervention “El Proyecto de Salud Colorectal, The Colorectal Health Project” has been added to the RTIPs repository! I am including information about the program below, and I would love to hear about the types of interventions other R2R members are using to increase colorectal screening rates!
In the United States, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Approximately 50,000 people die from colorectal cancer each year. Incidence rates are lower among Hispanics than non-Hispanic whites; however, in comparison with non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics are less likely to be diagnosed with localized colorectal cancer and more likely to be diagnosed with the disease in later stages.
Screening can detect colorectal cancer at an early stage when treatment is more likely to be successful. Further, the detection and removal of polyps can prevent colorectal cancer from developing. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends regular screening beginning at age 50 and continuing until age 75 using high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), including fecal immunochemical testing (FIT), sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy. Interventions designed to promote colorectal cancer screening are needed to reduce the incidence of mortality among Hispanics residing in the United States.
El Proyecto de Salud Colorectal, The Colorectal Health Project, is an outreach intervention designed to increase colorectal cancer screening among Hispanic adults aged 50–79 who have not received recent colorectal screening (colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy within the past 5 years or FOBT within the past 15 months). Implemented by community health care clinics, the intervention is delivered by community members known as promotores who are trained to educate their peers on colorectal cancer and screening for the disease.
I look forward to answering your questions and hearing about the work other members are doing!