Each year, more than 1.2 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer. There are more than 100 types of cancer that cause abnormal cells to grow out of control and invade and destroy other tissues. Cancer is now the leading cause of death in Idaho. Learn more about Cancer in Idaho
Public Health - Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) promotes cancer awareness and prevention by encouraging screening, building partnerships, promoting media campaigns, providing healthcare provider education, and attending community-based programs and events.
Cancer Awareness and Prevention (CAP) Coalition of North Central Idaho
The CAP Coalition was formed to assist in planning and implementing a strategic plan to increase cancer screening rates and decrease cancer incidence in our area. The coalition typically meets quartely at Public Health - Idaho North Central District in Lewiston, ID. New members are welcome! If you would like to learn more about the Cancer Awareness and Prevention Coalition, please contact our health education specialist at 208-799-3100.
Team Sun Safety
Individuals obtain over half of their lifetime UV/sun exposure before the age of 18. Most young children are under the supervision of childcare providers during peak sun hours so it is very important for sun protection to be practiced by childcare centers and staff. The purpose of the Team Sun Safety project is to increase the practice of sun safety in schools and childcare centers by:
- • Enacting sun safety policies
- • Creating sun safe environments
- • Encouraging the use of sun protective clothing and sunscreen
- • Educating administration, staff, and parents on the importance of sun safety
On-site trainings for staff and parents are available. All participating childcare centers and schools will receive a free Team Sun Safety binder and CD-ROM. Please contact our health education specialist to schedule a training at your organization, (208) 799-3100.
No Sun for Baby
Public Health - Idaho North Central District has partnered with local hospitals to educate new parents about the importance of protecting their babies from the sun through a program called No Sun for Baby. Participants receive a sun hat for their infant as well as important sun safety messages, one of which is to avoid using sunscreen during the first six months of life. However, if adequate clothing and shade are not available, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises using sunscreen on small areas of the baby’s body such as the face and back of the hands. To learn more about this program, contact our health education specialist at (208) 799-3100.
Sun Safe in the School Years
With skin cancer rates rising and high rates of tanning bed use, reminding teenagers to protect their skin from harmful UV rays is more important than ever. PH-INCD would like to partner with schools, community organizations, and other groups that work with youth to provide sun safety and tanning education to young adults. Encourage youth to Go With Your Own Glow. To learn more about this program, contact our health education specialist at (208)799-3100.
Ask Me! About a Mammogram
Public Health – Idaho North Central District is partnering with the local community to increase the number of women in Idaho who receive mammograms and clinical breast exams. Mammograms are important for women 40 and older, and it is recommended that women over 50 have yearly mammograms. Idaho has one of the lowest breast cancer screening rates in the nation, and we’re looking for people in the community to help us raise awareness!
What do you have to do to be involved?
- • Wear the button and/or apron prompting the ASK ME question.
- • Give the ASK ME information card to people that inquire about ASK ME or ask for information on mammograms.
- • Tell people that there are resources in Idaho for free mammograms if women meet eligibility requirements.
- • You can choose how often you want to promote the program!
Please contact the local coordinator at (208) 799-3100 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.