Making a Difference Newsletter, Issue 2, Volume 16 (Jul-2016) Issue 2, Volume 16 (July 2016) - Page 10

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COLORECTALCANCER PREVENTION

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer incidence and mortality (death) rates of any racial/ethnic group.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. In March, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Ashley Moore (CEP-PVAMU) and volunteer Mr. Dell King conducted a Colorectal Cancer Prevention program throughout Harris County. This program was in partnership with Memorial Hermann and the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer (NBLIC). The goal of this program was to successfully educate African Americans ages 49-75 on the importance of colorectal screening. African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer incidence and mortality (death) rates of any racial/ethnic group. African-American mortality is 50% higher than the second-highest group (white) and more than doubles that of the group with the lowest mortality (Asian/Pacific Islander).

The FCS agent and volunteer reached over 100 participants throughout the month of March. Participants learned how to recognize the signs of colorectal cancer, the importance of screening exams, and prevention through diet and exercise.

Thanks to our partnership donations, each site received $100.00 for participation in the program and participants who encouraged a friend to class received a $25.00 gift card. There were cooking demonstrations at the end of each session and each participant received a gift bag with a cook book, pedometer, a magnifying glass, water bottle, pen, pencil, notebook, and adhesive bandages.

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