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Colon Cancer Prevention Project to host 14th Kicking Butt 5k on August 24 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park

The Colon Cancer Prevention Project will host the 14th Annual Kicking Butt 5k at Waterfront Park. The Kicking Butt 5k is an inspiring event, bringing together survivors, family and friends of survivors, and other community members around a common cause – a world without colon cancer. The 2019 Kicking Butt 5k will feature a Healthy Village with local partner booths, face painting and a bounce house...

Colon Cancer Prevention Project continues work to save lives; ACS reduces recommended screening age

The American Cancer Society responded to the increasing rates of early age onset colon cancer by pragmatically lowering the age of initial colon cancer screening for normal risk individuals from 50 to 45. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancers that effect both men and women with 43 percent of young onset patients diagnosed between the ages of 45-49. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky,...

Kentucky leads the nation in colon cancer rates, but it’s 90 percent preventable through screening

All too often Kentuckians don’t get screened for colon cancer because of fear, embarrassment, lack of access and cost concerns, but with March being National Colorectal Awareness Month it is a good time to reconsider these concerns, know that preventive screenings are covered by most health plans, and recognize that a decision to get screened could save your life. “Fear is one of the biggest...

UK receives $3.75M to promote screening, prevent colon cancer deaths in rural Kentucky

  By Mallory Powell Special to KyForward   At 44, Sherry Payne was uncommonly young to be diagnosed with colon cancer. She was also too young to have started regular colon cancer screenings, so by the time she developed symptoms and went to the doctor, the disease had already progressed to Stage 3. It was 1998, and she was given two years to live.   “As you can see, I did not...

When you eat could have as much impact on your health as what you eat, researchers say

  Dr. Vincent Cassone talks about his biology research.   By Allison Elliott-Shannon Special to KyForward   Researchers funded by a National Institutes of Health grant have concluded that when you eat could have as much impact on your health as what you eat.   Vincent Cassone, University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences professor and chair of the Department of Biology,...