4:51pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Health and Welfare

New Colon Cancer Screenings for Low Income Residents

A half million dollars in state money will colon cancer tests for the low income residents of ten counties.  Kentucky Pink Connection is administering the screening in Fayette County.  Executive Director Vicki Blevins-Booth says they’ve tried to make it easy.  "There’s really no excuse not to have this, either the fit test or colonoscopy, if needed.  We provide great support, education, transportation is provided,” said Blevins-Booth.

Blevins-Booth says the screening is for uninsured Kentuckians between the ages of 50 and 64. She says the program, which began on March 1st, is supported with a two year state grant.

‘It’s very important that we get the screening.   We do not want to lose 900 more people, which is the average we lose per year to colon cancer,” added Blevins-Booth.

Vicki Blevins-Booth says it involves a fecal test and possibly a colonoscopy.

“And it’s a great opportunity to screen people who wouldn’t otherwise have this opportunity, so even just to get tested to see if there is any possibility that they may have polyps that are starting.  That will all be detected with this simple fit test,” explained Blevins-Booth.

In addition to Fayette County, the colon cancer screenings are also available to low-income residents of Jessamine, Floyd, and Pike counties.