FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear says 10 local health departments will receive grants that will allow them to do more colon cancer screenings for low-income, uninsured Kentuckians.
The governor announced Thursday that the grants are aimed at reducing colon cancer in Kentucky, which he says has a higher rate of the disease than the national average.
He says each year in Kentucky, about 2,600 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed and 900 people will die from the disease.
The grant program is funded by $500,000 that was set aside by the General Assembly for colon cancer outreach and education. The Kentucky Cancer Foundation will match those funds.