A recent $100,000 donation to the Kentucky Cancer Foundation will help people across the Commonwealth undergo colon cancer screenings. Kentucky One Health's donation follows Governor Steve Beshear’s challenge to match his office's $1 million commitment to increase the amount of colon cancer screenings.
Colon cancer has a high survivability rate when detected and treated early. Kentucky Cancer Foundation board member and colon cancer survivor Crit Luallen says screenings are important for Kentuckians, who have the second highest incidence of colon cancer in the nation and the U.S.'s highest cancer mortality rate.
"And that’s what this cancer foundation is all about. It’s about trying to get to the root of that terrible statistic and get more people screened and have access to preventative measures. "
The screenings are for adults who otherwise couldn't afford to have one. Luallen says Calloway County is among the 10 initial sites to administer donation funded cancer screenings.