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Education & Prevention

As Kentuckians, we are proud of our Commonwealth for so many things.  However, one scary thing that we are ranked #1 in is the leading state in the US for CANCER.  That is something that we should ALL be concerned about. 

It is important that we work together as a community and state to be sure that we are aware of the causes of cancer, signs/symptoms, and appropriate ages for screenings and tests available for early detection.  Be sure to schedule yearly physicals and find a doctor that you trust to be able to report symptoms to if needed.  We ALL need to be aware of our bodies and health.  Cancer does not know an age, race, or demographic.

LUNG CANCER IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATHS IN KENTUCKY.

Screening available:  low-dose CT scan can detect event in early stages

Prevention:  The best prevention for lung cancer is to STOP smoking or never start.  If you need assistance with quitting smoking, please let us know and we can put you in contact with a program to help you succeed!

BREAST CANCER:

Screening available:  Clinical Breast Exams, ultrasounds, and mammograms

EARLY DETECTION IS KEY!  Be sure to do monthly self breast exams and report any concerning changes or symptoms to your MD.

COLO-RECTAL CANCER:

Screening available:  FIT (Fecal Immunochemical Test) is an at-home test  that is an excellent, non-invasive option for early detection of colon cancer.  You do the test at home and send it in to be read by a professional.  If there is a positive result, it is an indicator that a colonoscopy may be needed to determine if there are polyps or cancer cells.  This is a shared decision with your doctor.

Prevention:  A high fiber diet can help keep the colon clean from toxins that can build up over time.  Getting screened with a FIT test or a colonoscopy (recommended at age 50 unless you have a significant family history).  Be aware of any changes in bowel habits or changes in stool and report them to your doctor.

SKIN CANCER:

Risk factors: complexion, genetics, age, and sun exposure.

The 3 types of skin cancers:  Squamous cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma, and Melanoma

Prevention:  Wear sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)!!  Wear hats to protect your head and face.  Keep an eye on moles that look suspicious and report any changes to your doctor.

Visit: www.cancer.org for other cancers, symptoms and prevention.

 

 

 

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