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All Iowans shall have access to colorectal cancer screening, while reducing the number of individuals being diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

The Goal:

The overarching goal is to increase screening rates to 80% in Iowa.

1) The goal of the five-year federally funded Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCPis to increase colorectal cancer screening rates through evidence-based interventions in Federally Qualified Health Centers. This is accomplished by reaching Iowa’s FQHC population, ages 45-75, to reduce the incidence, mortality and prevalence of colorectal cancer in Iowa.

2) The goal of the state funded, Iowa Get Screened: Colorectal Cancer Program is to provide colorectal cancer screenings to eligible Iowans.

Why Screen in Iowa?

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths in Iowa and the second most common type of cancer when combining both men and women. In Iowa,1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime, with an average of 1,600 new cases of colorectal cancer being diagnosed each year and approximately 540 deaths from the disease. Screening is so important because it can often find colorectal cancer early, when it's small, hasn't spread and might be easier to treat. Regular screening can even prevent colorectal cancer. Talk to your doctor about the different screening tests and find the one that's right for you! Screening saves lives!