The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been awarded a $4.4 million dollar cooperative agreement to increase colorectal cancer screening rates. The department will receive $883,027 annually for five years.
IDPH will partner with the Iowa Primary Care Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help increase colorectal cancer screenings at 10 of Iowa’s federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to 60% by 2025. The identified centers currently have screening rates below 60%:
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death for Iowa men and women combined. It is often preventable by getting screened and if detected early, can be 90% treatable. Seven out of 10 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer had no signs or symptoms.
To learn more about colorectal cancer in Iowa, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/igs/public.