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.

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