Why is this important?
Early detection is important in controlling
disease and preventing premature death. The
United States Preventive Services Task Force
(USPSTF) reviews scientific literature and
recommends cost-effective ways to screen the
general population for risk of illness.
What is the measure?
We can learn how motivated the public is
to seek recommended preventive health care,
and about how accessible preventive services
are by determining the percent of the Tuolumne
County population that adheres to the USPSTF
recommendations for preventive health care.
How are we doing?
Between 2001 and 2005, approximately 80% of
women in Tuolumne County received mammograms
at a rate consistent with recommendations.
This is similar to the rate for other California
women. For Tuolumne County women below 200%
of the Federal Poverty Level the rate of mammography
decreased as compared to state data.
Tuolumne County screening rate for colon
cancer is similar to the rate for other Californians
with nearly 60% adhering to recommendations.
This rate increased between 2001 and 2005,
but decreased for those below the poverty level.14
Tuolumne County Seniors are slightly more
likely to receive influenza vaccines than other
Californians. However, vaccinations in schools
are lower here than the California average,
especially for private school students.
The Smile Keepers Program performs dental screening
and fluoride varnish treatments to over 3,000
students at local schools and preschools each
year, who would otherwise have limited access
to preventive dental care.