The Colon Cancer Prevention Project, which is based in Louisville, announced this week that it will be offering grants of up to $10,000 to programs that motivate people to get screened for colon cancer. Timely screenings can allow for polyps to be detected and removed before they turn into cancer.
The program, called Project Innovation, is aimed at igniting grassroots awareness in the areas of Kentucky and Southern Indiana that need it most, particularly rural Kentucky and Appalachia. This new grant program aimed at getting people screened for the No. 2 cancer killer among men and women.
Kentucky is one of the worst states in the country for colon cancer mortality rates, with 2,600 people being diagnosed each year and nearly 900 dying from the disease.
The Project serves the entire state of Kentucky and the Southern Indiana area and is a partner in the national initiative to increase screening rates to 80% by 2018. Kentucky’s screening rate is currently 64%, and Indiana’s is 62%, below the national average of 68%.
Project Innovation is open to anyone who is interested in raising awareness about colon cancer in Kentucky or Southern Indiana. A grant application is available on ColonCancerPreventionProject.org (under “How I Can Help”).
Applications will be accepted through May 15.