Southwest Coalition for Colorectal Cancer Screening (SuCCCeS)

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the US and Texas. CRC incidence and mortality rates among Hispanics are higher in El Paso County than in the rest of Texas. However, CRC is preventable with screening, and screening reduces deaths from CRC. Data from 2017 reveal that the CRC screening rate in El Paso County is 54%, significantly lower than both the Texas average of 63.5% and the national average of 67%.

Overview of Program

Southwest Coalition for Colorectal Cancer Screening (SuCCCeS) (formerly known as ACCION, Against Colorectal Cancer In Our Neighborhoods) is a program designed to reduce the rates of CRC in El Paso County through education. The goal of SuCCCeS is to improve screening rates among uninsured and underinsured 45- to 75-year-olds in a Hispanic-majority community who are not up-to-date with CRC screening. Key components of the program are evidence-based educational intervention, navigation services and no-cost screening and diagnostic testing.

Eligibility Criteria

Participants must be 45 to 75 years old, uninsured/underinsured, and not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening, and must have a Texas address. Exclusion criteria include past history of colorectal cancer and blood in the stool.


This program has been funded by various Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grants since 2011. The program covers a 27-county area spanning El Paso, Hudspeth, and West Texas.


Program Outcomes
FIT Kits Distributed 31,00 Completion Rate 71%
FIT Kits Completed 22,100
Screening Colonoscopies Scheduled 480 Completion Rate 78%
Screening Colonoscopies Completed 375
Diagnostic Colonoscopies Scheduled 810 Completion Rate 74%
Diagnostic Colonoscopies Completed 600