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If you were worried you had cancer, who would you call for information? Chances are a federally-funded cancer helpline isn't the first place that pops into your mind.

But for 40 years, a helpline funded primarily by the National Cancer Institute has been answering people's questions about cancer.

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A new, $19.1 million cancer care center in Paducah is nearly complete. The Baptist Health Paducah Ray and Kay Eckstein Regional Cancer Care Center will open for public tours on June 28. 

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The University of Kentucky says it has received an $11.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a center to study links between obesity and cancer.

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Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville say they have partnered to form the Norton Children's Cancer Institute.

Cancer can be caused by tobacco smoke or by an inherited trait, but new research finds that most of the mutations that lead to cancer crop up naturally.

The authors of the study published Thursday poked a hornet's nest by suggesting that many cancers are unavoidable.

Screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans can save lives, but at a cost: Tests frequently produce anxiety-producing false alarms and prompt unnecessary procedures.

A study from the Veterans Health Administration lays out the considerable effort required by both patients and doctors to undertake screening.

"I have heard people say 'what's the big deal, it's just a CT,' " says Dr. Linda Kinsinger, who ran the study at the VA. "But I think what we tried to show is it's a lot more than just a CT."

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new report says some Kentuckians could be drinking a cancer-causing chemical called chromium-6.

Privately insured people with cancer were diagnosed earlier and lived longer than those who were uninsured or were covered by Medicaid, according to two recent studies.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has charged a former Martin, TN police officer for an alleged theft of $18,000 from a charity established to benefit a 2-year-old cancer victim.  

34-year-old Guy Pryor is charged with one count of theft over $10,000.

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Kentucky firefighters are seeking legislative approval to include certain cancers as cause for issuing death benefits to surviving family members. The measure, which allows for an $80,000 death benefit from the state, passed out of a Senate committee last week. 

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