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Colon Cancer Prevention

HB 55 Colon Cancer Prevention Funding Support

Did You Know?

Kentucky has the Highest Colon Cancer Incidence Rate in the Nation.  From 2004-2008, Kentucky’s incidence rate was 59.6 of every 100,000 people, compared with the U.S. average of 47.6 of every 100,000 people (tied with North Dakota)

Kentucky has the 2nd Highest Colon Cancer Death Rate.  Kentucky has the second highest colon and rectum cancer death rate in the U.S., with 20.7 out of every 100,000 people dying from it (tied with West Virginia)

Screening Can Prevent Colon Cancer.  Colon cancer is 60 to 90 percent preventable through screening. Many people have polyps in their colon, but have no symptoms.  Some polyps can turn into cancer over time. Regular screening can detect polyps, which can be removed and prevent colon cancer.

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