52 Weeks of Public Health: Spreading awareness among Kentuckians about risks of lung cancer

As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is raising awareness about lung cancer in Kentucky. Lung cancer impacts Kentuckians more than any other cancer. In Kentucky, both men and women have significantly higher rates of lung cancer than other states in the U.S. More Kentuckians have died from lung cancer...

UK College of Pharmacy part of collaboration of scientists searching for new ways to combat cancer

By Kristie Colon Special to KyForward New findings published in Nature Chemical Biology show promise for finding new solutions to treat lung cancer and other deadly diseases. Kentucky continues to lead the nation in incidence and death rates from lung cancer, and the University of Kentucky is committed to reducing these numbers. According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer is among the leading...

Shine a Light event to focus on changes in lung cancer treatments, hope for future

Learn about how lung cancer treatments are changing, pay tribute to those diagnosed and celebrate hope for the future at Shine a Light on Lung Cancer at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at The Signature Club of Lansdowne, 3256 Lansdowne Drive in Lexington. Baptist Health Lexington will sponsor the free Shine a Light event in partnership with the Lung Cancer Alliance. Scheduled in The Signature Club’s Grand...

Central Kentucky heroes unite to support cancer research through Free to Breathe 5K run/walk

Hundreds of local residents are joining forces to fight lung cancer, united in the belief that surviving lung cancer should be the expectation, not the exception. These everyday superheroes will be meeting at the Central Kentucky Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk on Sunday, Nov. 6 at LFUCG Coldstream Park. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy...

Public health researchers, geologists combine to create radon risk potential maps for state, 15 counties

University of Kentucky health researchers and geologists combined their research on radon and created a map that shows which parts of Kentucky have the highest risk of radon exposure, and most recently created maps that focus on 15 counties, according to a UK news release. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. “It is a collaboration between two disciplines that might not traditionally...

Rural Blog: State health officials hope to increase level of lung cancer screenings in Eastern Kentucky

Health officials in Kentucky—especially in Eastern Kentucky—hope to increase lung cancer screenings by patterning the effort after a successful colon cancer screening initiative, Jackie Judd reports for PBS NewsHour. In rural Eastern Kentucky, smoking and lung cancer rates are double the national average, while the state is second in adult smoking rates and leads the nation in lung cancer and...

Your Health: CT scans are proving effective at detecting lung cancer in early stages

Dr. Abdi Vaezy Special to KyForward Anyone who has smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or longer has more than likely thought about the possibility of lung cancer. More than 150,000 Americans die of lung cancer every year, and the five-year survival rate is only 15.6 percent compared to more than 50 percent for many other common cancers. Lung cancer creeps up quietly with few specific symptoms...