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

The Goal:

The goal of the five-year federally funded Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) is to increase colorectal cancer screening rates through evidence-based interventions in health systems such as Federally Qualified Health Centers. The grant helps provide patient education, provider education, community-clinical linkages and data tracking and monitoring to reach Iowa’s underserved population ages 45-75 to reduce the incidence, mortality and prevalence of colorectal cancer in Iowa. The program was established in 2015 by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The goal of the state funded, Iowa Get Screened: Colorectal Cancer Program is to provide education and awareness to all Iowans, and offer direct screenings to eligible participants. The overarching goal is to increase screening rates in Iowa to 80%.

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!