COLO month 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (3/5/18) — The Incredible Colon exhibit will on display 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Jack L. Hamman Heart and Vascular Center Lobby at Baptist Health Madisonville.

The Kentucky Cancer Program’s 20-foot inflatable, interactive and educational exhibit allows visitors to learn about colon cancer, including risks, prevention, early detection and treatment, BHM officials said.

Statistics show that 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 the region are higher than the national average, even though it may be prevented or cured if detected early with regular screenings.

The American Cancer Society recommends that adults 50 and older be screened with colonoscopy. Screenings should start earlier if individuals 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. Colon cancer symptoms include rectal bleeding, change in bowel frequency or stool size, unexplained anemia or weight loss, fatigue, persistent abdominal pain and frequent vomiting.

To schedule a time to pick up a free colon cancer screening kit or to schedule a screening colonoscopy, call 270.824.5804 or 270.326.4813.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Kristy Quinn

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