Report Shows Iowa’s Not Making the Grade to Reduce Cancer

By Ellen Kurt, KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS - The American Cancer Society’s annual report card says Iowa’s getting bad grades in some areas. In fact, Iowa only met three of the report’s 12 benchmarks for fighting cancer.

The report brought up a big concern when it comes to both tobacco prevention and breast and cervical cancer detection. Danielle Oswald with the American Cancer Society says currently prevention and cessation programs are only funded at $5.1 million, and the Centers for Disease Control recommends those programs to be funded at $30.1 million. That’s 17 percent of the the recommended level. The American Cancer Society says a large part of the funding goes towards community-based solutions.

Tanning beds were another area that Iowa got a low grade on. Iowa is only one of eight states that has zero tanning restrictions. There are no age requirements and no parental notification.

But there are also positives to the report. Iowa got good ratings for the state smoking ban and recent increases in access to Medicaid. Iowa was also just one of 15 states to get an “A” grade on the pain policy report card. That means that Iowa has done a good job of providing care for patients who have chronic pain conditions and that it’s minimized barriers to treatment.

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