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Kentucky by Heart: ACTION program offers resources to Appalachian students pursuing medical careers

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Cancer. The case could be made that Kentucky is home to some of the worst concentrations of the disease (more accurately, “group” of diseases) in the United States. According to a 2019 American Cancer Society report, the state has over 26,000 new cases and more than 10,000 cancer-related deaths per year. It is especially serious in the fifty-four Appalachian...

Markey Cancer Center hosts inaugural summer residential program for high school students

By Haylee Abrams University of Kentucky Natalie Barker was a little shocked when she first learned that Kentucky ranks first in the country for cancer incidence and mortality. However, the Elliott County teen says she had a quick realization – the problem of cancer hits very close to home. “The more I thought about it, the more I realized I don’t know a person in our community who hasn’t been...