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Iowa Cancer Plan Goal 1: Whenever Possible, Prevent Cancer from Occurring



Doctors often cannot explain why one person develops cancer and another does not. While risk factors like family history or age cannot be avoided, the National Cancer Institute estimates that 50% to 75% of cancer deaths are caused by human behaviors. Simple behavioral changes can prevent or lower the risk for certain types of cancers.

Priority 1: Advance evidence-based primary-prevention efforts by coordinating with programs and organizations that use primary-prevention techniques to reduce chronic disease. 
  A Summer of No "Frydays" (2016), Sioux County, IA
  Active Ottumwa (2016), Ottumwa, IA
  An Academic-Community Partnership to promote Cancer Health Equality Among Latinos in Iowa (2014), West Liberty, IA
  Body & Soul (2015), Statewide
  Body & Soul: Train the Trainer (2012), Statewide
  Breast Health Summit (2012), Cedar Rapids, IA
  Colorectal Screening and Education for Rural Residents (2016), Poweshiek County
  Community and Worksite Mentoring Project (2012), Statewide
  Don't Fry - Apply! (2016), Calhoun County, IA 
  Ensuring Health in All Iowa Planning Policies (2015), Statewide
  Farm Progress Show Health and Safety Tent, Boone, IA
  Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening (2014)
  Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening (2016), Ft. Dodge, IA 
  Fun in the Sun! (2017), Johnson County
  Get Fit for Life (2016), Waterloo, IA
  Importance of FIT Screening (2012), Statewide
  Increasing HPV Vaccination in Latino and African American Communities (2015), Iowa City and West Liberty
  Iowa Radon Project (2014), Statewide
  LGBTQ Risks & Cancer (2016), Statewide
  Protect From Those Rays and You'll Have Great Days (2017), Spirit Lake, IA 
  Reduce Sunburns in Dallas County! (2016), Dallas County, IA 
  Relay for Life (2016), Des Moines Metro Area
  Safe Fair Fun in the Sun (2016), Palo Alto County, IA 
  Safe Sun for Children (2016), Shelby County, IA
  See Your Sunscreen! (2016), Iowa City, IA 
  Shield the Homeless (2016), Council Bluffs, IA
  Sun Safety Days (2016), Ames, IA 
 
Priority 2: Decrease Tobacco use. 
  Community and Worksite Mentoring Project (2012), Statewide
  Farm Progress Show Health and Safety Tent, Boone, IA
  Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening (2014)
  Get Fit for Life (2016), Waterloo, IA
  LGBTQ Risks & Cancer (2016), Statewide 
  Relay for Life (2016), Des Moines Metro Area
  Smoke-Free Casinos/Economic Impact Research (FY 2013)
  Tobacco-Free Schools, Statewide
 
Priority 3: Improve physical activity and nutrition.
  Active Ottumwa (2016), Ottumwa, IA
  Body & Soul (2015), Statewide
  Body & Soul: Train the Trainer (2012), Statewide
  Breast Health Summit (2012), Cedar Rapids, IA
  Colorectal Screening and Education for Rural Residents (2016), Poweshiek County
  Community and Worksite Mentoring Project (2012), Statewide
  Farm Progress Show Health and Safety Tent, Boone, IA
  Get Fit for Life (2016), Waterloo, IA
  Healthy Vending and Salad Bars in Private and Public Worksites (FY13), Statewide
  Obesity, Physical Inactivity, and Cancer: Let's Raise the Awareness (FY14), Ottumwa, IA
  Relay for Life (2016), Des Moines Metro Area
  Safe Routes to School Fun in Northeast Iowa: Promoting Physical Activity and Safety (FY15), Northeast, IA 
 
Priority 4: Follow nationally recognized guidelines to increase vaccination rates for all vaccines demonstrated to reduce the risk of cancer. 
  A Conversation About HPV (2014), Statewide
  Addressing HPV Vaccine Disparities in Iowa (2014), Johnson County, IA
  Cervical Cancer Free Iowa (ongoing), Statewide
  Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening (2014)
  HPV Vaccines for Teens: Taking Shots Against Cancer, Cerro Gordo County, IA
  Increasing HPV Vaccination in Latino and African American Communities (2015), Iowa City and West Liberty
 
Priority 5:  Increase protective behaviors from sun/ultraviolet exposure. 
  A Summer of No "Frydays" (2016), Sioux County, IA
  Be Sun Safe (2014), Sioux City, IA
  Cancer Screening and Education At The Iowa State Fair (2015), Des Moines, IA
  Don't Fry - Apply! (2016), Calhoun County, IA 
  Essex Summer Sun Safety (2015), Essex, IA
  Farm Progress Show Health and Safety Tent, Boone, IA
  Fighting Cancer, One Application at a Time! (2016), Osceola, IA 
  Fun in the Sun! (2017), Johnson County
  It's Your Skin Iowa (2016), Statewide 
  Jasper County Sun Safety (2016), Jasper County, IA 
  Jasper County Sun Safety (County Fair) (2016), Colfax, IA
  LGBTQ Risks & Cancer (2016), Statewide
  Marshalltown Family Aquatic Center (2016), Marshalltown, IA 
  Protect From Those Rays and You'll Have Great Days (2017), Spirit Lake, IA 
  Reduce Sunburns in Dallas County! (2016), Dallas County, IA 
  Relay for Life (2016), Des Moines Metro Area
  Safe Fair Fun in the Sun (2016), Palo Alto County, IA 
  Safe Sun for Children (2016), Shelby County, IA
  See Your Sunscreen! (2016), Iowa City, IA 
  Shield the Homeless (2016), Council Bluffs, IA
  Skin Cancer Awareness Project for Teens, Des Moines, IA
  Sun Safety (2012), Linn County
  Sun Safety 2016 (2016), Allamakee County, IA 
  Sun Safety Days (2016), Ames, IA 
  Sun Safety and Minor League Baseball (2012), Statewide
  Sun Safety: Project Sunscreen, Camp Foster (2016), Okoboji, IA
  Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Awareness - Pottawattamie 4H (2016), Pottawattamie County, IA
  Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Screening at the 2012 Farm Progress Show, Boone, IA
  Sun Safety RAGRBAI, Statewide
  Winneshiek County: A Sunburn-Free Community (2016), Winneshiek County, IA
 
Priority 6: Decrease enviromental exposures to radon and other substances linked to cancer. 
  Clinton County Radon Outreach (2016), Clinton County, IA 
  Farm Progress Show Health and Safety Tent, Boone, IA
  Iowa Radon Project (2014), Statewide
  Radon-Free Homes Innitiative (2013), Des Moines, IA
  Radon: The Silent Killer (2013), Cedar Rapids, IA
  Radon in Iowa (2012), Statewide
 
Priority 7: Increase the number of Iowans who recieve a cancer risk assessment. 
  Colorectal Screening and Education for Rural Residents (2016), Poweshiek County
  Don't Fry - Apply! (2016), Rockwell City, IA
  Reduce Sunburns in Dallas County! (2016), Dallas County, IA 
  Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Awareness - Pottawattamie 4H (2016), Pottawattamie County, IA

Image of 2012-2017 Iowa Cancer Plan. Click here to access the entire cancer plan.  

Additional Goals:


Goal 2: Screening
Goal 3: Treatment
Goal 4: Quality of Life
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