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Kentucky to offer free colon cancer screenings

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Colon cancer is one of the leading killers in the United States affecting 143,000 people a year. It is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

Kentucky sees the highest incidence of colon cancer in the nation, according to the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. In an effort to save lives, the state is now offering free colon cancer screenings through June 2014.

The Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program was awarded $1 million by the state and another $1 million by the Kentucky Cancer Foundation. The funding has allowed for 715 stool tests and 45 colonoscopies.

So far, about 170 people living in Louisville have been screened since last year. For at least 40 of those who participated, doctors were able to detect polyps in time.

The screening program is intended for low income, uninsured Kentuckians between the ages of 50 and 64. To qualify, you must also be uninsured, a US citizens or qualified alien, legal resident of Kentucky and be at an income level at or below 250 % of federal poverty level.

The screenings include using FIT (a test that screens stool for blood) and colonoscopies. For more information about the program, contact a participating health department below.

Current patients of Family Health Center - Portland can contact the clinic for more information. Call 502-772-8572 and ask for Tabitha Davis. All other individuals can call Shawnee Christian Health Care Center at 502-778-0001 or Colon Cancer Prevention Project at 502-290-0288.

Participating health departments

Barren River District, Bowling Green
270-781-8039 ext 157

Calloway County, Murray
270-753-3381

Christian County, Hopkinsville
270-887-4160

Lexington– Fayette County
859-309-1700
877-597-4655

Floyd County, Prestonsburg
606-886-2788

Greenup County, Greenup
606-473-9838

Jessamine County, Nicholasville
859-885-4149

Lake Cumberland District, Somerset
606-678-4761 ext 1140

Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness
502-574-6520

Pike County, Pikeville
606-509-5504
606-437-5500

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