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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Tests Save Lives

The best test is the test that gets done

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cancer killer

of men and women in the US, following lung cancer.

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

recommends three CRC screening tests that are effective

at saving lives: colonoscopy, stool tests (guaiac fecal occult

blood test-FOBT or fecal immunochemical test-FIT), and

sigmoidoscopy (now seldom done).

Testing saves lives, but only if people get tested. Studies

show that people who are able to pick the test they prefer

are more likely to actually get the test done. Increasing the

use of all recommended colorectal cancer tests can save

more lives and is cost-effective.

To increase testing, doctors, nurses, and health

systems can:

*Offer all recommended test options with advice about each.

*Match patients with the test they are most likely to complete.

*Work with public health professionals to:

*Get more adults tested by hiring and training

“patient navigators,” who are staff that help people

learn about, get scheduled for, and get procedures

done like colonoscopy.

*Create ways to make it easier for people to get

FOBT/FIT kits in places other than a doctor’s office,

like giving them out at flu shot clinics or mailing

them to people’s homes.


Information from the CDC on E-Cigarettes

The presence of harmful ingredients in e-cigarette vapor has been established;

we can now say that these chemicals are found in the body of human adolescents who use these products." Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers




The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has upgraded our website to better serve Wisconsin citizens. Our agency meets many different needs-but as a whole we are here to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. A modern, well‐designed, and more responsive website will help us to achieve that.

We are using a web development tool called Drupal that has been adopted widely across both business and government. Drupal is an open source web content management system with an active development community. In other words, it is a free tool for building websites that has caught on as a practical and innovative solution worldwide.

The user experience is extremely important to us, and this upgrade has allowed us to greatly improve it.

**We studied how people navigate and why they come to   the website-and applied what we learned. Overall, visitors to our website should find it less complicated to browse, search, and find what they want.

**We are also using best practices for design. The new look is uncluttered and easier on the user's eyes.

**Our website is now optimized for mobile, which means you can view our site on any device with ease.

**We continue our ongoing agency commitment to accessibility and compliance with federal regulation, sec


Our Mission

The Iron County Wisconsin Health Department is here to serve the residents of Iron County Wisconsin by promoting health, protecting the enviroment, and preventing disease and injury.





Office Information

Department Head: Katie Hampston, BSN, RN
502 Copper Street
Suite 2
Hurley, WI 54534
Phone: 715-561-2191
Toll Free: 888-561-2191
Fax: 715-561-2836
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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