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