Cancer Screening


Iowans have a 1 in 7 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer
compared to 1 in 8 nationally


Care For Yourself


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.

Cervical Cancer


In 2017, about 12,820 women in the United States will find out they have cancer of the cervix; 4,200 will die from it. These deaths can be prevented. A Pap test can find changes in the cells before they have cancer, when treatment works best.

Breast Cancer


In 2017, an estimated 255,180 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among women and men in the United States. In Iowa, in 2017, 2300 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and about 370 will die from this disease. Only lung cancer causes more cancer death among Iowa women than breast cancer.
Pink breast cancer ribbon

Colorectal & Prostate Cancer


Colorectal Cancer


Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common type of cancer behind lung and prostate cancers in men, and breast and lung cancers in women, in Iowa. In 2017, an estimated 1660 Iowans will be diagnosed and an estimated 570 will die from colorectal cancer. According to the 2016 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 locally with Wheaton Franciscan Hospital to provide free colon cancer screenings to those who need it.

To access a FREE take home stool test or colonoscopy call 319-292-2225. Open to anyone in Northeast Iowa ages 50-75 who need help paying for Colon Cancer Screening.

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.

Data comes from the 2017 Cancer in Iowa Report, State Health Registry of Iowa, University of Iowa College of Public Health.  Click here to view.

For more information, visit the following websites:
General Cancer Links

Breast/Cervical Cancer Links