March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month! Iowans have a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer. However, colon cancer is largely preventable with regular screening. Free colon cancer screening is available through the Black Hawk County Health Department.
The Iowa Get Screened services are funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa Get Screened is part of a national program that helps increase screening for colon cancer.
Iowa Get Screened: Colorectal Cancer Program
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Iowa Get Screened (IGS) Colorectal Cancer Program was awarded funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a five-year project period. Through this project, IDPH will partner with the Primary Care Association and the American Cancer Society (ACS) to work through Federally Qualified Health Centers in Iowa to promote and implement the project focus of Organized Approaches to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening. The project goal is to increase Iowa’s colorectal cancer screening rate among people ages 50 to 75 from 71 to 80 percent. Iowa joins a national effort to increase screening rates to 80% by 2018.
This project builds from a previous six-year project period, also funded by the CDC, which worked toward policy and systems changes, public education and awareness and provided direct colorectal cancer screening to eligible individuals.
To qualify for free colon cancer screening participants must:
- Be between the ages of 50-64
- Live in Black Hawk and any surrounding counties.
- Have no insurance or have a high deductible/co-pay on their insurance.
- Not have Medicaid, Medicare Part B, or Iowa Wellness.
- Meet income guidelines (Household of 2 can make up to $39,325/net per year)
- Not be experiencing symptoms of colon cancer.