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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...

Committee recommends $1 increase in cigarette tax; doctors say it would increase revenue, save lives

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News What started as an information-only hearing about the benefits of raising tobacco taxes in tobacco-friendly Kentucky ended with an unexpected vote of recommendation by the Senate health committee to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1 a pack, to $1.60. Sen. Julie Raque Adams, chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, opened the Jan. 17 meeting...

New year, new goals for University of Kentucky graduate student and two-time cancer survivor

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Meg Gravil has a few major goals for 2018. She wants to continue to build her level of fitness; she plans to finish her dissertation by the end of the year. But perhaps most importantly, Gravil wants to remain cancer-free. As a University of Kentucky College of Education graduate student studying interdisciplinary early childhood education, Gravil finished her...

Clark Regional Medical Center becomes latest to join UK Markey Cancer Center affiliate network

Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester, Ky. has announced a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. By becoming a UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network member, Clark Regional Medical Center will now be able to offer more patients in Central and Eastern Kentucky access to additional specialty...

People in the News: Brown named president of LBAR; Mullett appointed to Commission on Cancer

Ty Brown is the 2017 president of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR). Brown is the broker at Weichert, Realtors-Towne & Country in Lexington. The 2017 officers are president, Ty Brown; president elect, John Groft – RE/MAX Creative Realty and treasurer, Judy Craft –Milestone Realty Consultants. Ty Brown (Photo Provided) The 2017 Board of Directors include: Ben Allen...

Markey Cancer Center director Hounshell educating kids about screening importance

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Standing in front of a group of rowdy young children, eastern Kentucky native Melissa Hounshell only has to do one thing to grab their attention – bring out Mr. Gross Mouth. Aptly named, Mr. Gross Mouth is a prop set of teeth and gums beleaguered by various medical problems caused by smoking and/or poor hygiene – rotting teeth, tongue cancer, lesions, and more....

VIP packages available for Split Rock Jumping Tour's black-tie gala May 22-24

The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to provide 20 percent from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock will also provide staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend both horse shows (Photo Provided)   The...