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Thu January 14, 2010
State Auditor Lobbies for Colon Screenings
By Stu Johnson
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's state auditor is lobbying for additional funding to expand colon cancer screening across the commonwealth. Crit Luallen, a two time colon cancer survivor, testified before the house health and welfare committee today. She knows some people don't want to think about the colonoscopy screening procedure.
"It is not a procedure that people like to think of we're taught to be modest about certain parts of our body and bodily functions and so forth I've learned through my cancer experience that all modesty went out the window with that experience and it doesn't both me a bit any more to talk about it."
The House health and welfare committee approved legislation calling for three million dollars to further colon cancer screening. The money would go for additional educational materials and subsidies for the uninsured to encourage them to get screened.