The Colon Cancer Prevention Project, stakeholders and elected leaders are working hard to get the $8 million needed in the next two years to kickstart Kentucky's Colon Cancer Screening Program.
Why do we care? Because Kentucky is one of the worst states in the country for colon cancer mortality, with more than 800 deaths each year. Because screening saves lives. Because too many Kentuckians are uninsured and can't afford screening or haven't heard about it.
Today, Rep. Jim Glenn of Owensboro introduced the bill to fund the program to the Health and Welfare committee in Frankfort. Dr. Whitney Jones with the Colon Cancer Prevention Project spoke, as well as a man from Owensboro who recently learned his colon cancer has returned, and he has just five months to live.
To see what Dr. Jones had to say, visit the Founder's Corner on this site.
Members of the committee were all supportive of this bill and efforts to increase screening. Now, as the session gets closer, we must really push for make this happen.
Are you interested in helping? Contact your legislator and tell them how important this bill is to you!
---Andrea Uhde Shepherd, Executive Director, Colon Cancer Prevention Project