Month: March 2023

Reducing Cancer Disparities in Tarrant County

A Cancer Care Services staff member talks to a woman at a health fair with a goal of reducing cancer disparities in Tarrant County.

Cancer Care Services is unique, relevant, innovative, responsive, equitable, and inclusive. We are undertaking a significant DEI project in 2023, expertly facilitated by Dr. Emily Spence. Dr. Spence and Cancer Care’s staff have recruited a Design Team of researchers, community health experts, and individuals with lived experience. The aim is to identify and implement long-term solutions to reducing cancer disparities in Tarrant County. 

“Cancer Care Services has a long history of providing wrap-around support for individuals and families who are impacted by cancer. They are deeply invested in addressing the multi-level factors that sustain inequities in cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. As a local non-profit organization, they’ve committed sizable resources toward co-creating a health equity outreach plan in partnership with community members. Their leadership and authentic interest in reducing cancer disparities is reflected in their intentional methods of eliciting guidance from best practice research, community residents, and experienced practitioners to design, develop and implement effective health equity strategies.”

– Dr. Emily Spence, Associate Dean for Community Engagement & Health Equity, University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Our Community Outreach page also shows how and why our Outreach team is helping reduce cancer disparities in Tarrant County.

Raising Awareness & Support for Colorectal Cancer

Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth graphic.

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month! 

National Colon Cancer Awareness Month promotes the importance of colorectal cancer screenings and lifestyle habits to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

The American Cancer Society found that “when excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.” While colorectal cancer is a common cancer diagnosis in the United States, the death rate for colon and rectal cancer has dropped over the past few decades.

Screenings often find colorectal polyps or growths before they develop into cancer, which is why consistent preventative screenings are so important! Colon and rectal cancer treatments have also seen improvement over the past decades.

Cancer Care Services Partners with Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth/ Colon Cancer Coalition

Our partnership with Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth/ Colon Cancer Coalition helps bring awareness of colorectal cancer to the community and meet the needs of those diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer.

The Colon Cancer Coalition raises awareness, education, and funding for local nonprofits through their yearly “Get Your Rear in Gear” runs. Over the past six years, Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth and the Colon Cancer Coalition have raised over $78,000 to support Cancer Care’s programs for those impacted by cancer!

Blow up colon at Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth.

When is Fort Worth’s next Get Your Rear in Gear run?

Get Your Rear in Gear-Fort Worth’s next run is March 19th, 2023! Online registration for participants closes on March 15th. If you want to volunteer, you can sign up online for race day volunteer shifts. 

Cancer Care Services will be cheering on the racers and spreading awareness about our free cancer support services! We hope to see you there!