How YOU can help
END Colon Cancer in Kentucky
Did you know…
- Colon cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Kentucky among non-smokers.
- Each year colon cancer kills more than 800 Kentuckians, and another 2,700 are diagnosed.
- Kentucky and West Virginia have the highest death rates for colon cancer in the nation.
- Colon cancer is highly preventable.
- Screening allows for early detection and reduces treatment costs.
We have a chance to save lives…
- House Bill 55 is a bill to fund the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program, a statewide program that provides colon cancer screening to impoverished, uninsured Kentuckians ages 50-64 and implements an educational campaign to motivate all Kentuckians over age 50 to be screened.
- The General Assembly unanimously created the Screening Program in 2008, but it has yet to fund it. This session, it will consider HB 55.
You can help…
- Reach out to your local representatives. Find out who your legislators are by visiting http://lrc.ky.gov/Legislators.htm
- Leave a message for your representatives by calling the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181. Tell them about the importance of colon cancer screening. If you have been personally impacted by colon cancer, share your story. Ask them to support House Bill 275.
- Write a letter. Easy template letters can be accessed here.
- Attend our rally in support of HB 55 on March 1st at 1 p.m. at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Wear blue and bring your friends! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Meet with your legislators in your own community, when they’re in their home office. Call and schedule a face-to-face meeting to explain the impact of colon cancer in their district.
- Educate! Help spread the word about the importance of colon cancer screening. All people 50 and older should be screened. Visit www.coloncancerpreventionproject.org for information on risks, symptoms and screening. Download and distribute materials developed especially for Kentuckians at http://www.kycolon.org and clicking on “Tools for Health Care Professionals.”