University of Kentucky study shows lower lung cancer rates in cities with tougher smoke-free laws

A recent study by University of Kentucky BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments) researchers shows that fewer new cases of lung cancer were found in communities with strong smoke-free workplace laws. The study, “Lung Cancer Incidence and the Strength of Municipal Smoke-free Ordinances” was published in Cancer, an American Cancer Society journal dedicated...

Former UK, UofL athletes featured at Rivalry Gala to benefit American Cancer Society Sept. 29

The battles on the football field and basketball court are not the only rivalry for fans of the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky this fall. U of L and UK faithful will also put their loyalties to the test at the third annual Rivalry Gala. Set for Sept. 29 at The Seelbach in downtown Louisville, the event will be a one-of-a-kind evening of red and blue rivalry working together...

Report: Failure by southern legislators on tobacco policies leads to higher tobacco use, cancer rate

State legislatures in Kentucky and 11 other Southern states are contributing to the region’s increased cancer burden by failing to implement evidence-based policies to reduce and prevent tobacco use, according to a report released by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). The result of this inaction has led to some of the highest tobacco use rates in the country and contributed...

Commentary: New state law makes it easier than ever to quit smoking — get help now

By Erica Palmer Smith Special to KyForward For the nearly 900,000 smokers in Kentucky, there has never been a better time to quit.   During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly passed much needed legislation to equip individuals addicted to tobacco with the tools they need to quit successfully. The smoking cessation coverage bill (Senate Bill 89) removes barriers that limit patient access...

American Cancer Society honors UK’s Mullett with Lane Adams Quality of Life Award

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently honored University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center surgeon Dr. Timothy W. Mullett with the Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award. He was one of six recipients chosen for the national honor for his leadership in serving the complex needs of cancer patients and their families. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently honored University of Kentucky Markey...

Time to Quit: Annual observance of Great American Smokeout set for Thursday

If you’re one of the approximately 1 million Kentucky adults who smoke, and are in the majority who say they’d like to quit, the Great American Smokeout may be for you. It is Thursday, Nov. 17. The annual event, promoted by the American Cancer Society, doesn’t necessarily ask smokers to quit on that day. It encourages them to make a plan to quit, and quit smoking on a certain day....

Rural Blog: Kentucky leads nation in cancer deaths related to smoking; top five all in South

A study by the American Cancer Society, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, ranks every state for cancer deaths in 2014 related to smoking, and the top five states are all in the South, led by Kentucky. The study looked at 12 cancers: acute myeloid leukemia and cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx; esophagus; stomach; colorectum; liver; pancreas; larynx; trachea, lung, and bronchus; cervix uteri;...

Kentucky leads the nation in cancer deaths, but falls short on policies to prevent the disease

Kentucky ranks first in deaths from cancer and has for several years, but falls short in its fight against cancer when it comes to supporting policies and passing legislation to prevent it, according to an American Cancer Society report released Aug. 11. The latest edition of “How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality”...

Group of survivors, families to ask legislators to improve quality of life for patients with cancer

More than 100 survivors, families and loved ones will gather in the State Capitol rotunda to urge legislators to take steps to improve quality of life for patients with cancer and other serious illness during the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 9. A variety of speakers will discuss the importance of palliative care, a growing field of specialized...

Join the American Cancer Society at the annual 'Belles and Beaus Ball' on Sept. 25

  The American Cancer Society will host its signature event, the Belles and Beaus Ball, “Best of the Bluegrass,” at the Carrick House in Lexington on Friday, Sept. 25. This annual event is a huge community fundraising gala expected to draw 350 guests with the goal of raising $200,000.   This event is crucial for helping the ACS and its mission of eliminating cancer as a major health...

Red or blue? Rivalry Gala brings clashing sides together for American Cancer Society

  There’s a rite of passage to being a Kentuckian: you bleed blue or you bleed red. The great division of allegiance for which the Bluegrass State is known is the centerpiece of the inaugural Rivalry Gala to benefit the American Cancer Society. The Rivalry Gala is set for Saturday, Oct. 17, at Valhalla Golf Club outside Louisville.   “Kentucky and Louisville fans battle it out on the...

American Cancer Society to host annual 'Belles & Beaus Ball' fundraising gala Sept. 25

  The American Cancer Society will host its signature event, the Belles and Beaus Ball, “Best of the Bluegrass,” at the Carrick House in Lexington on Friday, Sept. 25.   This annual event is a community fundraising gala expected to draw 350 guests with the goal of raising $200,000. This event is crucial for helping the ACS and its mission of eliminating cancer as a major health problem...

'Cruisin’ for a Cure' fundraiser set for Aug. 1; car and bike show to benefit Relay for Life

  Cruisin’ for a Cure, a car and motorcycle show hosted by FCPS All together for a cure, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Rupp Arena lower parking lot. Net proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign. Admission is $20 per entry; it’s free for spectators.   Awards will be presented for Best of Show, Rattiest Rat Rod, #1 Classic Car, Best Muscle...

Night of bingo, auction, designer bags in Louisville benefits American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society will benefit from Purses, Pouts and Pearls” A Bluegrass Belle’s Night Out on Friday, Nov. 7, at Woodhaven Country Club in Louisville.   The evening at 7200 Woodhaven Rd. from 6-10 p.m. includes a bingo game for up to 10 designer handbags, a silent auction, gift bags, light bites and signature cocktails.   The designer handbags are from Tory Burch,...

Schools offering early-bird discount for Walk it! Run it! Cure it! 5K in March to benefit ACS

Registration is now open for the Walk it! Run it! Cure it! 5K event March 22 at Keeneland.   The Fayette County Public Schools’ group All Together for a Cure is organizing the charitable 5K for the second year. The Relay for Life team will be made up of FCPS employees and proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.   Early-bird registration is $20 through January; afterwards, it’s...