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...

Lexington-Fayette Health Department marks Radon Awareness Month with free at-home kits

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in urging residents to learn more about the dangers of radon, particularly in the home. Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that is found naturally in rocks and soil. It enters homes through cracks and other openings in foundations....

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...

Your Health: It’s time to shine a light on lung cancer and help improve the sobering statistics

No one wants to talk about cancer, especially lung cancer. The statistics are staggering. Lung cancer claims more lives than prostate, colon and breast cancer combined. Historically, most lung cancer cases have been diagnosed in later stages (III and IV), which means the cancer has moved to other parts of the body. Of those diagnosed in a later stage, 50 percent have only a one-year survival rate,...