Welcome to Texas C-STEP

What is Texas C-STEP?

The Texas Colon Cancer Screening, Training, Education and Prevention Program, or Texas C-STEP, is a colorectal cancer screening program conducted through the Texas A&M Physicians Family Medicine Center. Texas C-STEP will provide a critical safety-net service to uninsured, underserved, and rural Texans through an established family medicine residency training program. Currently, only a quarter of family medicine residencies in the United States include training in colonoscopy as part of standard residency training.

Texas C-STEP is funded by a grant from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas. This grant provides much needed funds to enhance colonoscopy screening capacity and increase physician training, serving as a state and nationwide model for translating colon cancer screening and prevention services into the family practice setting. Funding for this prevention and screening project will dramatically increase access to colorectal cancer screening for safety-net patients, while increasing the number of family medicine physicians trained to conduct colonoscopy screenings. Community health workers provide culturally-appropriate outreach, education and navigation services to the patients who receive colorectal cancer screenings at the Texas A&M Physicians Family Medicine Center.