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Iowa Cancer Plan Goal 3: Improve the Accessibility, Availability, and Quality of Cancer Treatment Services and Programs

When cancer is found, a patient's survival and quality of life can depend on the availability of timely, quality treatment. However, an estimated 1 in 10 Iowans are living without health insurance, which may eliminate cancer treatment as an option. Complicating matters further, Iowa is a largely rural state (with an estimated 52 persons per square mile), making it difficult to travel to receive cancer treatment. Other barriers, including those based on culture, language, age, or socioeconomic status, may impact the quality of care received. 

Priority 1: Increase coordination of cancer early-detection and treatment activites.

  Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Giveaway (2012), Waterloo, IA
  Iowa Palliative Care Project: Enhancing Clinical Communication Skills (2014)  
  Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening (2014)
  Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening (2016), Ft. Dodge, IA
  Sun Safety & Skin Cancer Screening at the 2012 Farm Progress Show, Boone, IA

Priority 2: Increase access to cancer treatment.

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Priority 3: Increase the availability of cancer treatment.

  Iowa Palliative Care Project: Enhancing Clinical Communication Skills (2014)

Priority 4: Implement system-based health-care strategies to improve quality cancer care. 

  Commission on Cancer Leadership Education, West Des Moines, IA
  Telemedicine Dysphagia-Related Clinical Interventions in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Priority 5: Increase awareness of and participation in cancer clinical trials.

  Cancer Clinical Trials Awareness Month, Statewide

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Additional Goals:

Goal 1: Prevention
Goal 2: Screening
Goal 4: Quality of Life
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