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    Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
    Chronic Disease Prevention Branch MC 1945
    PO Box 149347
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

    Phone: (512) 776-6569
    Fax: (512) 776-7254

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Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Cancer Plate

NOW AVAILABLE: A vehicle license plate that helps cancer patients! Click here to go to the Texans Conquer Cancer website for information on how to order. The price is $30 per year: $22 goes to a CPRIT-administered fund for patient support services, and $8 goes to TxDOT for administrative/production costs.

Comprehensive cancer control is a collaborative process through which a community pools resources to reduce the burden of cancer that results in:

  •  Risk reduction
  •  Early detection
  •  Better treatment
  •  Enhanced survivorship

The Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (TCCCP) receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement comprehensive cancer control in Texas.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase the coordination, integration, and implementation of cancer activities in the state as identified in the Texas Cancer Plan (Plan)
  • Increase the use of the Plan
  • Develop a data-driven process for prioritizing the Plan
  • Enhance implementation of the Plan at the local level through a network of cancer stakeholders at the community level

The program reaches its goals through the following components:

TCCCP Projects

Primary Prevention of Cancer Through HPV Vaccination 

HPV infection can cause cancers of the cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, back of the throat, tongue, and tonsils (CDC). HPV infection can be prevented by vaccination, which is especially effective when completed in adolescence (CDC). 

TCCCP is working with local health departments and nonprofit organizations who have identified clinics to implement evidence-based interventions to increase HPV vaccination uptake and completion among girls age 13-15. These evidence-based interventions may include an assessment of current HPV vaccination practices and capacity of healthcare systems for improvement; standing orders by healthcare providers; client reminder and recall systems; provider assessment and feedback; and provider reminders. To assess effectiveness, clinics will perform an evaluation and compare data from before and after implementation to show how vaccination rates are affected by program activities. To learn more about HPV and evidence-based interventions to increase HPV Vaccination update, click here: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/sites/default/files/assets/What-Works-Factsheet-Vaccination.pdf

Primary Prevention of Cancer through Nutrition: Promoting Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Making healthy nutrition choices and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk of cancer (CDC). Emerging research suggests that eating more fruits and vegetables can offer a protective effect against some types of cancer, and that people who are obese may have an increased risk of some types of cancers (NIH). 

TCCCP is working with Feeding Texas to expand their Healthy Pantry Project. The Healthy Pantry Project utilizes strategies such as: assuring capacity for storing, offering, and distributing healthy foods; providing a variety of quality fruits and vegetables; increasing environmental cues like attractive product placement or informational signage to encourage healthy choices. One Feeding Texas food bank will implement the Healthy Pantry Project in their client choice food pantries. Clients will be surveyed and interviewed to assess the effectiveness of the Healthy Pantry Project at implementation sites. To learn more about how healthy choices can reduce your risk of cancer, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/other.htm, and to learn some tips for healthy eating, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/

Screening and Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer

Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States (CDC). Regular screening allows doctors to look for pre-cancerous polyps and remove them before they even turn into cancer (CDC). Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure (CDC). 

TCCCP is working with local health departments who have identified clinics to implement evidence-based interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening among adults age 50-75. These evidence-based interventions may include: an assessment of health systems’ current colorectal screening practices and capacity for improvement; provider assessment and feedback for number of colorectal screenings conducted; client reminders; and provider reminder and recall systems. To assess effectiveness, clinics will perform an evaluation and compare data from before and after implementation to show how colorectal cancer screening rates are affected by program activities. To learn more about colorectal cancer and evidence-based interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening, click here: https://www.thecommunityguide.org/sites/default/files/assets/OnePager-CancerScreening-Multicomponent-ColorectalCancer.pdf

Improving Cancer Survivors’ Quality of Life

The CDC uses the term cancer survivor to refer to a person who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis throughout his or her life (CDC). The impact of cancer on survivors’ family members, friends, and caregivers is also a part of survivorship (CDC). It is important for survivors to keep a healthy weight and stay physically active for better response to treatment and survival outcomes, better mental and physical quality of life, lower risk for having cancer recur or developing a new cancer, and lower risk for developing a comorbid illness such as diabetes or heart disease (CDC).

TCCCP has partnered with the LIVESTRONG Foundation and YMCA of the USA to expand the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program for cancer survivors. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is an evidence-based 12-week physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors and their families achieve their holistic health goals. Five individual YMCA locations were selected based on community need, YMCA site capacity, and geographical proximity to other TCCCP activities, to expand their class offering by one additional 12-week program session. To assess effectiveness, all program participants will complete pre- and post-program surveys, which will ask them about their physical activity and well-being to determine change. To learn more about cancer survivorship, click here: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/survivorship/index.htm

Cancer Alliance of Texas (CAT)

This statewide coalition engages organizations, agencies, institutions and individuals to work collaboratively to reduce the impact of cancer in Texas and promote the Plan.

  • Chair: Michael Davis, MS, MHA (Baylor Scott & White)
  • Chair-Elect: Jennifer Cofer, MPH, CHES (MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Please contact Rachel Coughlin for more information.

Are you interested in joining the Cancer Alliance of Texas as a member or a partner? Please check out the benefits of joining and fill out an application here.

TCCCP Program Staff:

Rachel Coughlin, MPH
Program Coordinator

Phone: 512-776-6569
Fax: 512-776-7254

Chronic Disease Branch MC 1945

Texas Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347


Last updated November 15, 2018