Baptist Health Louisville
Each year, 143,000 people in the United States are stricken with colon cancer. Another 50,000 people die from it.
Colon cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer among both men and women, but it is highly preventable through screening.
Education and access are essential. People need to know about colon cancer risks, symptoms and screening options. That’s where the Colon Cancer Prevention Project comes in. We are working non-stop to end preventable colon cancer death and suffering by increasing screening rates through education, advocacy, health systems improvement, and survivor support.
Since the Project began in 2004, colon cancer has become a major topic in Kentucky, which is one of the top 5 worst states for colon cancer incidence and mortality. Because of the efforts of the Project and partners, 217 fewer Kentuckians are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. Screening rates have increased from 49th to 20th in the U.S. And due largely to the Project’s efforts, the Kentucky General Assembly in 2012 allotted funds for the first time for the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program, a program that helps low-income, uninsured people get screened.
Lives are being saved. But more work is ahead.
The Kicking Butt 5K is the largest fundraiser all year for the Project’s work. All of the funds stay in this region, helping our neighbors.