Multi-million dollar grant awarded to state health department for cancer screenings

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 9:11 AM CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Some health care centers in Iowa will soon be receiving additional funding to increase screening for a certain type of cancer, according to state officials.

The Iowa Department of Public Health said on Tuesday that it had received a $4.4 million grant to increase the rate of colorectal cancer screenings at certain providers that have screening rates below 60%. The grant will be spread out as annual amounts of $883,027 over a five-year period.

The department will work with the Iowa Primary Care Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement the program.

Currently, the department identified 10 facilities that are considered federally-qualified health centers that have screening rates below 60%:

Colorectal cancer causes the second-highest number of deaths among men and women combined in Iowa, according to IDPH. Early detection via screenings, since most diagnosed cases show no signs or symptoms before detection, can lead to highly-successful treatment rates.

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