Panhandle Health District is a member of the North Idaho Cancer Coalition. Partners in the coalition include Kaniksu Health Services in Bonner and Boundary counties; Dirne Clinic in Kootenai County; Benewah Medical Center; Cancer Information Services; North Idaho Health Network; American Cancer Society; Community Cancer Services of Sandpoint; North Idaho College; Kootenai Health; and the National Cancer Institute.
The Cancer Coalition seeks to decrease the burden of cancer for the people of Idaho by raising awareness of prevention and early detection strategies, which promote behavior changes through education and information dissemination, by utilizing the shared resources of coalition members.
The Cancer Coalition educates the public about cancer and offers tools to prevent it. The coalition also provides the latest information to doctors.
Idaho's five northern counties:
- Have the highest incidence of colorectal cancer in the state.
- have a high rate of skin cancer. It's found in 22.8 of every 100,000 people.
No Sun for Baby is the coalition's summer campaign. The goal is to reduce skin cancer by teaching sun safety from the first stage of life. The coalition offers group presentations. To arrange, call Lisa Cramer at 415-5298.
Click here for an Audio Message on Skin Cancer.