Cancer Screening

Care For Yourself
Iowans have a 1 in 7 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer
compared to 1 in 8 nationally
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (also known as Care For Yourself) coordinates screening and treatment for persons in need of breast and cervical cancer health services to eligible women. Eligibility is determined based on symptoms, age, income and whether or not insurance is available to the patient.

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Cervical Cancer
In 2015, about 12,900 women in the United States will find out they have cancer of the cervix; 4,100 will die from it. Each year in Iowa, about 36 women die from cervical cancer.
These deaths can be prevented. A Pap test can find changes in the cells before they have cancer, when treatment works best.
Pink breast cancer ribbon
Breast Cancer
In 2015, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States. In Iowa, in 2015, 2250 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and about 390 will die from this disease. Only lung cancer causes more cancer death among Iowa women than breast cancer.

Breast / Cervical Cancer Links Colorectal & Prostate Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common type of cancer behind lung and prostate cancers in Iowa. In 2015, an estimated 840 Iowans will be diagnosed and an estimated 300 will die from colorectal cancer. According to the 2014 Iowa Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, incidence & mortality rates have been decreasing the last two decades, partly due to an increase in screening. 

When detected early, colorectal cancer can be successfully treated more than 90% of the time, and in 70% of all colorectal cancer cases no symptoms were reported. The Black Hawk County Health Department partners with the American Cancer Society and locally with Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, Allen Hospital, and People’s Clinic to provide annual screenings each March.

To access a FREE take home stool test or colonoscopy call 319-292-2225. Open to anyone in Northeast Iowa ages 50-64 who don’t have insurance coverage for Colon Cancer Screening.

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Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths. While there are no certain methods of preventing prostate cancer, men may lower their risk by adapting universal cancer prevention lifestyle recommendations.

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