Iowa works to promote breast cancer screenings
Jul 25, 2011
To improve breast cancer screenings in the state, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to form focus groups to figure out why women between the ages of 40 and 64 are reluctant to get mammograms, the Associated Press reports.
The Iowa Cancer Consortium is also joining in on the effort as officials speak to women who have either had a mammogram but didn't get rescreened or never had a mammogram in the first place. Women involved in the study must have health insurance. The organizations want to find out why mammograms aren't being performed on these women, despite having been educated in breast cancer health news.
Focus groups are planned for from August 1 through August 4 in Osage, Mason City, Davenport and Maquoketa.
According to the State Health Registry of Iowa, an estimated 6,300 Iowans will die from cancer in 2011, making cancer and heart disease the leading causes of death in the state. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in Iowa women, and an estimated 2,160 females will be diagnosed with the disease is 2011, which comprises more than 25 percent of all new cancers in women.