Legislative Research Commission

The Kentucky Senate president is asking the legislature to consider funding a cancer research project at the University of Kentucky.

Robert Stivers says he realizes his request is not typical one, especially for a non-budget session. / Horses and Hope

The group Horses and Hope and partners are seeking funds for a 40 foot mobile cancer screening unit to travel to underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United State, according to the American Cancer Society. With a five-year survival rate of six percent, it's also one of the deadliest. One of the primary reasons for this is that there is currently no early detection method or screening available, and the cancer is typically diagnosed after spreading to other organs.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is determined to double the survivor rate by 2020 through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy. On the local level, West Kentucky's volunteer team led by Carol Foreman hosts a Purple Light event this Sunday in Noble Park, celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones lost and inspiring the community. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

The University of Kentucky will use a $12 million federal grant to reduce the negative health and environmental impacts found at hazardous waste sites. 

UK Superfund Research Center According to Director Bernie Hennig, lab studies are indicating healthy individuals stand a better chance of warding off contaminants.

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  An area of cancer research at the University of Kentucky is focusing on exercise for mothers during pregnancy to help prevent cancer in their children.  

Second year grad student Alyssa Jarrel is involved in conducting the study and said the research has focused so far on mice, but could very well have implications for humans.  

  "Pregnancy is such a short term intervention and it can have long term benefits for the offspring.  So, we're talking nine months for an intervention for the mom to have lifetime benefits for the child,"  Jarrel said.

Murray Relay For Life: New Time, New Location

Mar 24, 2014

The Relay for Life is an opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what one can do to reduce cancer risk, and to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Murray's Relay for Life Publicity Chair, Betsy Whitfield, visits Sounds Good to tell us about a new time for this year's event: April 18 and 19, and a new location: The Expo Center on College Farm Road.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Month and Murray-Calloway County Hospital joins the national effort to educate communities on the importance of colorectal screenings. Murray Calloway County Hospital's Bariatric Solutions Nurse Practitioner Rhonda Boone and cancer survivor Jimmie Sue Mathis visit Sounds Good to talk about colorectal cancer awareness.

Baptist Health Paducah hosts a forum about new National Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines and their impact on Kentucky. We learn more about the forum, which is this Friday (December 6), from Jamie Smith of the Kentucky Cancer Program. See more at

Madisonville Hudson Toyota's Lisa Moberly talks about its "Rockin' 4 Research Festival" featuring six live bands and Relay for Life teams at the dealership Saturday, raising money for the American Cancer Society.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Gibson County mother yesterday.

This came after she solicited funds for her family saying her son has cancer, when in fact, he does not have the disease.