Preventive Health Care
Why is this important?
Cancer has surpassed heart disease in Tuolumne County as the number one cause of death. The most important tool that we have to prevent the impact of cancer is early detection of disease.
Similarly, monitoring for high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol are two important means to control the impact of heart disease. This kind of surveillance is accomplished through preventive health interventions that are recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.1
What is the measure?
Rates of recommended screening tests for breast cancer, colon cancer, and immunization rates are used as indicators.
How are we doing?
According to available data, Tuolumne County residents participate in breast cancer and colon cancer screening, with mammography and colonoscopies or stool tests for blood, at a rate about equal with that of the average California resident. Low-income populations are more likely to participate in colon blood test screening than colonoscopy.2
Immunization rates in Tuolumne County are approximately equal to immunization rates throughout California.
One exception is the low private school pre-kindergarten immunization rate for all recommended vaccinations, primarily resulting from parental choice to forego immunization.3