The Casper-Natrona County Health Department is the coordinator of Wyoming Cancer Resource Services for Region II (Carbon, Converse, Natrona, and Niobrara Counties)
The Casper-Natrona County Health Department provides patient navigation for people needing cancer screening, treatment, or survivorship assistance. Travel vouchers may be available for patients needing care outside of Natrona County. Vouchers are awarded based on client’s income and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Contact us at (307) 235-9340 if you are in need of patient navigation or travel assistance.
The Casper-Natrona County Health Department is offering patient navigation and case management for cancer survivors who wish to continue to improve their health and wellness after their cancer treatment. For more information, call us at (307) 235-9340.
For information about FREE cancer screening programs that include screening for colorectal cancer (colonoscopy, FIIT kits), breast cancer (mammography, other services), and cervical cancer (Pap screening and other follow-up services), please CLICK HERE: health.wyo.gov/publichealth/prevention/cancer/client-information-2/
Other information about Wyoming Cancer Resources can be found here: health.wyo.gov/publichealth/prevention/cancer/wcrs
The Casper-Natrona County Health Department is now offering radon test kits. Please see our Radon Page for more information.
The Casper-Natrona County Health Department is partnering with City of Casper and other agenices to provide bulk sunscreen dispenser for the public in locations where sun exposure is likely (i.e., pools, public gathering locations, etc). If you are interested in hosting a bulk sunscreen dispenser, please contact us at (307) 235-9340.
Regardless of whether you have other risk factors, such as family history, reducing your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can help keep your skin healthy and lower your chances of getting skin cancer in the future. Most people get at least some UV exposure from the sun when they spend time outdoors. Making sun protection an everyday habit will help you to enjoy the outdoors safely, avoid getting a sunburn, and lower your skin cancer risk.
Additionally, avoiding UV exposure in tanning beds, performing regular skin checks, and consulting your physician whenever you have a concern can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus that can lead to cancer. Nearly one in four people are currently infected with HPV. Over 30,000 people in the United States each year are affected by cancer caused by HPV infection.
HPV vaccination provides safe, effective, and lasting protection against the HPV infections that most commonly cause cancer.
The Casper-Natrona County Health Department offers HPV vaccination. For more information, please seek our Immunization Page.
HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years. All preteens need HPV vaccination so they can be protected from HPV infections that cause cancer.
CDC recommends that 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart to protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections.
Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infection.
Tell your doctor about any severe allergies. Some people should not get some HPV vaccines, including:
HPV vaccines are safe for children who are mildly ill – for example, with a low-grade fever of less than 101 degrees, a cold, runny nose, or cough. People with a moderate or severe illness should wait until they are better.
Two HPV vaccines have been licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Both HPV vaccines protect against the two HPV types, 16 and 18, that cause most HPV cancers.
Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects. Many people who get HPV vaccine have no side effects at all. Some people report having very mild side effects, like a sore arm from the shot.
The most common side effects of HPV vaccine are usually mild, and include:
Brief fainting spells and related symptoms (such as jerking movements) can happen after any medical procedure, including vaccination. Sitting or lying down when getting a shot and staying in that position for about 15 minutes after a vaccination can help prevent fainting and injuries caused by falls.
On very rare occasions, severe (anaphylactic) allergic reactions may occur after vaccination. People with severe allergies to any component of a vaccine should not receive that vaccine.
For more information about the HPV vaccine, please visit this website: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/hpv/public/index.htm