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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.



As the yearly flu bug travels around the area, Iron County Health Department officials are advising residents on the different types of flu, specifically the difference between influenza and norovirus.

While both are often referred to as the flu, Iron County Health Officer Katie Hampston, said only influenza is technically the flu.

“A lot of people will say, ‘I have the flu.’ But you have to clarify the real flu — influenza — is respiratory and the stomach flu is norovirus … and is the vomiting and diarrhea,” Hampston said. “They’re not, in any way, related.”

Hampston said the health department is seeing an increase in cases of both diseases, which is normal for this time of year.

Influenza symptoms include fever, chills, headache, dry cough and aching in the muscles and joints, according to information from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.

Norovirus is marked by vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. While norovirus’ symptoms can also include a mild fever, head and muscle aches, chills and fatigue; Hampston said it usually takes longer to get over influenza.

Influenza symptoms usually appear one to three days after exposure, according to the state’s information, while norovirus symptoms generally start 12 to 48 hours after being infected.

One of the key reasons to know the difference between influenza and norovirus, according to Hampston, is influenza can be treated.

“With norovirus — your typical norovirus stomach flu — a lot of people, it just kind of passes on its own,” Hampston said. “Influenza, if you are treated within 48 of your influenza symptoms starting, there is medication a doctor can prescribe.”

She also encouraged residents to get vaccinated against influenza by getting a flu shot.

Vaccine still available at the health department and at atleast some area clinics.

There is no vaccine for norovirus, Hampston said.

As with most other illnesses, handwashing is an important way to prevent the prevention of both influenza and norovirus. Norovirus can survive on surfaces for 14 days or longer, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Health, making it all the more crucial that people take steps to prevent its spread.

Hampston also encouraged people to consider taking a sick day if necessary.

“When you’re sick, stay home. Don’t get others sick — they both spread very easy,” she said.





2017 Winter Session


Starting January 10 – March 30, 2017

Hurley Senior Center

308 3rd Avenue S

Hurley, WI, 54534

Wakefield Senior Center

900 Pierce Street

Wakefield, MI 49968


For Details click on Evidence Based Programs to the left of this page






Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips

Winter in Wisconsin can be fun and exciting, but sometimes the conditions can become dangerous. Winter storms can sweep through bringing high winds, large amounts of accumulating and drifting snow, ice, and extreme cold temperatures.  Being prepared ahead of a storm will help you get through it safely.


More Information on winter weather safety:

Assemble an emergency supply kit.

Assembling an emergency supply kit (link is external) both at home and in your car during winter can save your life if there is a severe winter storm or extreme cold.

Check on your neighbors.

Isolated or elderly individuals can be unaware of rapidly changing weather conditions and may not be able to sense and respond to low temperatures during winter.

Protect yourself from extreme cold.

Protect yourself by wearing loose layers of clothing underneath a wind and weather resistant coat. Look for symptoms of hypothermia including shivering, exhaustion, confusion, and slurred speech.




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


Stepping On

Stepping on programs are beginning in Springstead and Mercer.

You can get more information on the classes by clicking on the Evidence-base Prevention Programs to your left or call the Iron County Health Department @ 715-561-2191.


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

Events Calendar

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Latest Events

Thu Mar 23 @02:00PM - 03:00PM
Wakefield Strong Women
Thu Mar 23 @04:00PM - 05:00PM
Hurley Strong Women