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Not just for pain relief and fever anymore, regular use of aspirin could reduce your risk for cancer

By Jill Koselar Special to KyForward Most of us have likely taken aspirin at some point in our lives for a common minor ailment like headaches, fever or muscle cramps. Research has also shown this drug to be an effective part of treatment for heart attacks and strokes. But more recent research on aspirin suggests it may be beneficial in yet another way — by reducing the risk of developing and dying...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Hope Scarves supporting cancer patients through stories and encouragement

Hope Scarves was created to capture the stories of courageous women and encourage others by passing along scarves and stories of hope to those diagnosed with cancer. Learn more about how a small idea in Louisville expanded to a national stage. Learn more at: hopescarves.org. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon,...

UK study unveils novel link between cell polarity and cancer-associated inflamation

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward A new study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer researchers and published in the Journal of Cell Science establishes a novel link between cell polarity and cancer-associated inflammation. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are reactive molecules and free radicals derived from molecular oxygen, and they are part of the immune system’s “killing response”...

Colorectal cancer is preventable — here are some steps to reduce your risk from AICR

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States but it is also one of the most preventable. Research shows that Americans can prevent tens of thousands of colorectal cancer cases every year through diet, physically activity and weight management, say experts at the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR).   “By making a few changes in what you eat and drink, and getting...

Rural Blog: Cancer death rates rising in Appalachia; six Kentucky counties among highest in study

In poor counties with high rates of obesity and smoking cancer death rates rose by about 50 percent from 1980-2014, says a study by researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. While cancer mortality rates declined 20.1 percent during the study period, death rates remain high in some rural...

Getting people screened still most critical part of puzzle in Appalachia’s battle against cancer

Leaders of the National Institutes of Health spent several days last week in Hazard with Fifth District U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers and local health leaders to examine efforts to combat high rates of cancer and substance abuse in Appalachian Kentucky. “Cancer rates in the region have been something we have been battling for many years and in more recent years this region has become...

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”...

Sun Shall Shine: Mother’s battle with cancer inspires UK swimming signee Madison Winstead

By Guy Ramsey Special to KyForward A secret can be a frightening thing for the parents of an 18-year-old, and Shane Winstead knows her daughter Madison has them. Madison – a current senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School – is a signee pledged to join the Kentucky swimming and diving team next season, a culmination of years of work and sacrifice. The moment she hits the pool for her first meet...

SelfMade Health Network, UK College of Public Health team to reduce tobacco-related cancer

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward The incidence of tobacco-related cancer persists in Appalachia, a geographic region disadvantaged by a number of socioeconomic factors related to demographics, health care accessibility, screening behavior and environmental risks. To address tobacco-related health disparities in Appalachia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated a...

Your Health: Cancer link to obesity should provide motivation to healthy weight maintenance

By Victoria Meyer Special to KyForward If you need one more motivation to exercise, eat right and maintain a healthy weight, consider the obesity and cancer link. Two thirds of adults in the United States are obese. This means they have a body mass index (a calculation of height and weight) more than 30. Studies in both the United States and Europe have documented that being overweight or obese can...

Rural Blog: Study finds cancer rates occur at higher rate in Appalachian counties

Cancer rates in Appalachian counties occur at a higher rate than in non-Appalachian counties, says a report, “Cancer Incidence in Appalachia 2004-11,” published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The overall rate for the region was 4.2 percent higher among men and 2.5 percent higher among women. Researchers said the gap between Appalachian cancer cases and...

Dates are set for the Kentucky CancerLink Golf Scramble and Brave Faces of Cancer 5K

  Kentucky CancerLink is returning to the Spring Valley Golf Club for the 2nd Annual Kentucky CancerLink Golf Scramble.   On April 27, lunch and registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m.   Team registration costs $400.   Mulligan options available for purchase the day of the scramble.   Click here to register your team.   Spring Valley...

Sisters pair up to create life-saving program, travel across the nation to spread the word

Alex and Sam Kimura are on a mission to save lives. (Photo provided)     Alex and Sam Kimura of Prospect, have decided their goal in life is to go on a cross-country quest to sign up bone marrow donors.   In 2010, Sam Kimura was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia – doctors told her that in order to be cured, she would need a bone marrow transplant. No family members, not even her...

Horses and Hope launches new campaign to build mobile unit for exams, education

  First Lady Jane Beshear, along with representatives from the Kentucky Cancer Program, the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center and KentuckyOne Health, launched a new Horses and Hope campaign to raise $1 million for a mobile unit to provide free or significantly reduced cost cancer screenings to underserved populations across Kentucky.   To start strong out of the...

Kevin Murphy: ‘Toxic emotions’ can wreck relationships both during and after cancer

I met Jennifer when I went to her place of employment to ship books to Ireland and needed advice on how to get them there. I was happy to have such a kind and energetic person helping me navigate the options to make sure those books got to the Irish Cancer Society on time. One box was open, needing a good tape job.   She saw the title of the book, and with a smile, wanted to know some details...