baptist health logo 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (3/4/14) — As part of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Baptist Health Madisonville and the Kentucky Cancer Program are giving the community the unique opportunity to learn what a healthy colon looks like, and how polyps and cancer form.

The public is welcome to tour The Incredible Colon exhibit Monday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to noon on the front lawn of the hospital.

This 20-foot inflatable, interactive exhibit allows visitors to learn about colon cancer including risks, prevention, early detection and treatment.

Free take-home screening kits will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the nation, with the mortality rate in Kentucky among the highest, killing nearly 900 people each year. Colon cancer rates in our region are higher than the national average, even though it may be prevented or cured if detected early with regular screenings. At least 60 percent of deaths from colon cancer could be avoided. It is one of the few preventable cancers and can often be stopped before it starts.

The American Cancer Society recommends that adults 50 and older should be screened with colonoscopy. Screenings should start at age 40 if you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps. Risk factors associated with colon cancer include family history, diet low in vegetables, excessive alcohol use, tobacco use, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.

Scheduling your colonoscopy is easy. If you already have a primary care provider, ask them to call the Endoscopy department at (270) 825-5191 to set up your appointment.

To find a primary care provider, please visit Baptist Health Madisonville.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Baptist Health Madisonville

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4194

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3533

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3366

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2922

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2827

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15589

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8495

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 04, 2015 1483

Teen Injured During Collision with Police Cruiser

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1428

Alleged Littering Leads to Drug Arrest

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 951

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 815

Women ‘Get the Message’ at River Ministry Banquet

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 724

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 565

Dawson Springs Police Reports for Monday, May 4,…

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 483

Outstanding Students at MCC Recognized

by Joyce Riggs
May 04, 2015 397

Muhlenberg Christens Supreme Sports Complex

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 374

Providence Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News