About the Colon Cancer Prevention Project

Our Challenge

In the U.S., colorectal cancer is the leading cancer killer among non-smoking men and women, despite being a highly preventable disease. Because colon cancer usually starts as slow growing precancerous polyps, screening makes prevention possible. When detected early, it can be successfully treated up to 90% of the time.

Our Mission and Work

The Colon Cancer Prevention Project’s mission is to eliminate preventable colon cancer death and suffering by increasing screening rates through education, advocacy, health systems improvement, and survivor support.

The Project was formed in 2004 and is based in Louisville, Ky., where it works throughout the region. Kentucky is in the top 5 worst states in the country for colon cancer mortality and incidence. The Project works with local, state, and national partners to impact the state, the region, and the country.

The Project's work includes:

  • Policy work aimed at increasing screening rates
  • Advocating for funds for uninsured and under-insured people to get screened
  • Overseeing relationships with physicians and facilities who are donating services to help uninsured and under-insured people in the Louisville, Ky. community get screened
  • Distributing more than 1.1 million “Are You at Risk?” educational pamphlets across the United States
  • Working with national partners to address the increasing number of people under 50 being diagnosed with colon cancer
  • Taking the Giant Inflatable Educational Colon, a 20-foot-long, 8-foot-tall colon, into the Kentucky and Southern Indiana community
  • Staffing health fairs in the region
  • Leading advocacy for the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program, and serving on the Program's Advisory Committee
  • Having a navigator on staff who provides education on colon cancer throughout the Kentucky and Indiana region
  • Talking with the media, businesses, non-profits and other groups to raise awareness of colon cancer in Kentucky and across the United States
  • Sharing stories of people across the United States who have been impacted by colon cancer
  • Organizing events that support and honor those impacted by colon cancer and raise awareness. Events include our annual Walk Away from Colon Cancer & 5K Run and our Bottoms Up Bash, both held annually in Kentucky

Our impact

Since the Project was formed in 2004, Kentucky has gone from 49th of all 50 states for colon cancer screening to 32nd. Kentucky's incidence rate has dipped 16 percent. And Kentucky for the first time has funding for the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program, a program that enables low-income, uninsured residents to get screenings.

How we are funded

CCPP is funded by individual gifts, corporate contributions, and grants.


Colon Cancer Prevention Project
P.O. Box 4039
Louisville, KY 40204
Phone: (502) 290-0288
Toll free: (800) 841-6399
Fax: (502) 721-0400



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