By Sharrie Williams, CBS 11 News

PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) –  Dr. Naresh Gupta is on a mission to fight a deadly disease.

“Colorectal cancer is the second largest amongst the cancer killers,” Gupta said.

Gupta said the mortality rate from colorectal cancer in Texas is highest among black men and women and people without insurance.

Gupta and the G-DAS Cancer Clinic in Plano are now providing free colorectal screenings to uninsured North Texans between the ages of 50 and 65.

He and his staff are mostly volunteers who lend their time and expertise for free.

Blanca Negrete is uninsured and already battling breast cancer. She’s planning to have the free screening.

“I think it’s very important now that I’m 52. Because when you’re 50, that’s when you’re supposed to do that exam, to save lives, to save mine,” Negrete said.

The first step in the free screening is to pick up a special patient’s kit. After filling out a brief survey, pick it up at the clinic in Plano or have it mailed.

The kit explains how to take stool samples. The samples are tested, and if there are any concerns, the patient is asked to come in to take a free Colonoscopy.

Gupta said early detection for cancer is the key to saving lives.

“Majority of it can be treated right there, so they don’t have to have big surgeries or big chemotherapy,” he said. “We detect it at early stage and they can be cured.”

For more information about the free colorectal cancer screenings call the GDAS Cancer Clinic at 972.635.3680 or visit it at
1200 Medical Avenue, Ste #102 in Plano.