Numerous University of Iowa College of Public Health researchers and programs are leading cancer prevention efforts around the state. Among the Iowa cancer prevention initiatives:
- Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network
The University of Iowa College of Public Health is a collaborating center of the Cancer Prevention and Research Network (CPCRN). The University of Iowa collaborates with other CPCRN centers to investigate areas of research interest, including initiatives to increase Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates and colorectal cancer screening rates. Read more
- Studying HPV Vaccine Disparities in Rural Iowa
UI investigators have begun a yearlong study to better understand why HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine coverage in rural areas of the state lags behind other adolescent immunizations. The HPV vaccine protects against a number of diseases and HPV-related cancers such as cervical cancer and oral cancer, but vaccination rates across Iowa are below the national average.
- Cancer prevention in a Latino community
College of Public Health investigators, including Dr. Jason Daniel-Ulloa, a clinical assistant professor in community and behavioral health, are studying cancer issues and priorities in the state’s Latino population with funding from the Iowa Cancer Consortium. Cancer is the leading cause of death among Latinos, according to the American Cancer Society. The researchers have focused their efforts on West Liberty, IA, where they partner with residents on community-based participatory research in cancer prevention.
- Mapping Cancer
The Iowa Cancer Maps are designed to help illustrate areas of the state where risk for developing or dying from certain cancers is higher than the state average, and to show trends over time. Cancers were selected based on their frequency and on the potential to impact incidence or mortality through prevention or screening initiatives. The maps were created through a partnership among the Iowa Cancer Registry, the Center for Public Health Statistics at the University of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Cancer Consortium.