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Panel says colorectal cancer screenings should begin at 45, following cancer society guidelines

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A federal task force now recommends that adults with a normal risk for colorectal cancer get their first screening at age 45, instead of 50, as the American Cancer Society has recommended since 2018. Kentucky already requires health insurance plans to start screening for colorectal cancer at 45, and pay for it without any patient cost sharing, under legislation...

Colorectal Cancer: Life-threatening disease is easy to detect and 90 percent treatable

By Dr. Jitesh Patel Special to KyForward Colorectal is the third most common cancer in the U.S. In Kentucky, the health problem is particularly bad: our state ranks first in the nation for colorectal cancer incidence and 7th in deaths, with more than 2,500 new cases and more than 800 deaths from this largely preventable disease each year. What is colorectal cancer? The disease originates when healthy...

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...

Kentucky making progress at reducing colorectal cancer cases, mortality rates through screenings

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Fifteen years ago, Kentucky was ranked first in the nation for both the highest incidence and mortality rates for colorectal cancer. These statistics are made more dire by the fact that colorectal cancer is largely a preventable disease, thanks to regular colorectal screenings. However, at that time, Kentucky was also ranked next-to-last in the country for colorectal...