make_that_call_logoColon cancer screening saves lives. Yet despite the preventable nature of this disease, colon cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in Kentucky. Over 2,600 cases of colon cancer are diagnosed in Kentucky each year, with more than half of those cases diagnosed at a late stage.
Tragic, because when detected early, the 5-year survival rate for colon cancer is more than 90%, and at least 60% of colon cancer deaths could be prevented altogether with regular screenings.
Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program (KCCSP)—a public/private partnership—will again be funding colon cancer screening during 2014-16 for eligible uninsured, low income, legal residents of KY (either citizens or legal immigrants) in fifteen (15) health departments throughout Kentucky.
Health department grants were awarded to:
Barren River District Health Department
Boyle County Health Department - NEW
Christian County Health Department
Fayette County Health Department
Floyd County Health Department
Jessamine County Health Department
Kentucky River District Health Department - NEW
Knox County Health Department - NEW
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
Laurel County Health Department - NEW
Lawrence County Health Department
Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Montgomery County Health Department - NEW
Purchase District Health Department - NEW
Wedco District Health Department - NEW
The Kentucky Cancer Program (part of the cancer control programs at University of Kentucky/Markey Cancer Center and University of Louisville/James Graham Brown Cancer Center) will be working with health departments to assist in educating the public about the importance of screening and the availability of the health departments’ colon cancer screening resources.
Men and women who are age 50+ (age 45+ for African Americans) or at high risk for colon cancer should be screened.
Thus far, more than 1212 Kentuckians have been screened through the KCCSP, with 8 cancers detected and 156 patients had polyps detected and removed before they turned into cancer.
KCCSP trained patient navigators will guide patients through the process of being screened for colon cancer, either with a FIT take home test, or a colonoscopy if a patient is at high risk or their FIT is positive.
The KCCSP has not only increased screening, but it’s affected the lives of many Kentuckians. Visit http://www.coloncancerpreventionproject.org/component/content/article/142.html to learn more about the stories of Kentuckians impacted through this life-saving program.
For more information about colon cancer screening in Lawrence County and eligibility for the KCCSP program, call (638-9500). Or, call the regional office of the Kentucky Cancer Program at (793-7006).
(July 10, 2014 - 4:59 pm) City of Louisa Water District has issued a boil water advisory for East & West Clayton Lane and Vaughn Road until further notice due to a waterline break.
Director,Lawrence County Emergency Management
Ron Enders, LCHDAnnual pelvic exams are currently being debated and have been addressed on most major news sites. While the American College of Physicians no longer advocates yearly pelvic examinations, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists do not agree – they still say to have pelvic exam every year.
Let’s briefly describe the benefits of the yearly exam so you can make the best informed decision concerning whether or not to have your yearly pelvic exam.
The pelvic exam is designed to find possible signs of a variety of disorders, such as ovarian cysts, sexually transmitted infections, uterine fibroids or early-stage cancer. It can also help determine the possible causes for pelvic pain, unusual vaginal bleeding, skin changes, abnormal vaginal discharge or urinary problems.
Here at the Lawrence County Health Department we still advocate that prevention is the key to good health. Therefore, we will continue to offer the yearly pelvic exam to all women.
If you have any questions or concerns please ask to speak with one of our nurses. To schedule an appointment call 638-4389.
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