During March – National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – the Office of Outreach and Health Disparities in the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine will host three performances of two plays that educate Hispanics and African-Americans about the importance of preventing colorectal cancer.

The outreach group uses "edutainment," or entertainment education, to promote important health messages in a manner in which different groups can relate to and understand better, said Dr. Maria Jibaja-Weiss, director of the Office of Outreach and Health Disparities.

Both African-Americans and Hispanics are less likely to be screened for colorectal cancer, so it is important that they are educated about their risk and how to gain access to screening tests and treatment.

Educando a Papa

Written by playwright Adelina Venegas, "Educando a Papá" tells the story of a Hispanic family who is divided by culture when the father decides not to have a routine colorectal cancer screening test.

Play date
Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m.
Avance Mangum Education Center
4503 Mangum
Houston, Texas, 77092

The Marriage Test

Written by Thomas Meloncon, "The Marriage Test" tells the story of one family’s emotional reactions and method of coping in learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with the disease.

Play dates
Saturday, March 24, at 4 p.m.
Kashmere Gardens Missionary Baptist Church
4302 Cavalcade
Houston, Texas, 77026

Saturday, March 31, at 4 p.m.
Outreach Baptist Church
5055 Bellfort Ave.
Houston, Texas, 77033

The plays are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lidia Porto at 713-798-1124 or porto@bcm.edu.