The Markstein Cancer Education and Prevention Services will be offering colorectal screenings as part of the Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Screening Project (CCASP)*. The objective of the project is to increase access to early detection colorectal cancer screening and education services that together are unavailable to the uninsured and underinsured communities in Northern California.
The project expects to provide a CDC recognized colorectal cancer screening service to those in the community who do not have access to routine screenings. The project will be comprised of a bi-monthly scheduled educational class explaining colorectal cancer screening and lifestyle modifications to decrease cancer risk along with a take home Fecal Immunology (FIT) Test Kit. The FIT test was selected as the screening test of preference because of research indicating that many people postpone, or avoid indefinitely, invasive sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy screening procedures because of fear of discomfort, fear of the preparation and or feelings of embarrassment.
Attendance at the educational class will be required to receive the screening. Participants will be urged to select at least one lifestyle risk reduction action they can adopt and a follow-up survey will be sent out 3 months after the class to assess success in decreasing participant's cancer risk. All abnormal findings will be followed up with counseling and referrals will be made to either Operation Access or the county GI clinic.
If you are part of our uninsured and underinsured community and want more information about eligibility for CCASP, contact Markstein Cancer Services at (510) 869-8833.
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