Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Activities at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital

March 9, 2018

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Activities at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital

The community is invited to visit Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH) on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13 to learn more about colorectal cancer.

The hospital, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society (ACS), Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) and UK Markey Cancer Center, will be hosting a variety of activities designed to provide information and raise awareness about colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, the hospital is inviting everyone to participate in Dress in Blue Days on Monday and Tuesday by wearing blue clothing to work, school, or other activities.

On Monday and Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. community members are also invited to visit the hospital where they can do a walk-through tour of Kentucky Cancer Program’s “Incredible Colon” – a giant educational replica of a colon that shows what healthy tissue, polyps, and various stages of cancer look like. KCP staff will be on hand to explain the display and answer any questions guests may have. 

Guests will have the opportunity to visit the KCP “Faces of Cancer” exhibit, featuring real stories of Kentucky colorectal cancer survivors, which will be on display in the hospital’s main lobby.

“We will also have display tables set up to provide important information about colorectal cancer, risks, symptoms and resources,” said Susan Ramsey Wilson, LCRH director of marketing and community relations. “In addition, we will provide opportunities for qualified individuals to receive FIT colon cancer screening kits.”

The FIT kits are distributed, free of charge, by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital through their membership with the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network. Community members who are over the age of 50, are not receiving regular colonoscopies, are not insured, or have a first degree family history of colon cancer may qualify to receive one of the kits.

LCRH’s membership in the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network helps provide many community and patient benefits, including cancer care coordination, cancer-specific education and training for doctors and other clinicians as well as access to specialized programs and the most up-to-date treatments as well as clinical trials. In addition the affiliation provides resources for community activities, education and health screenings, such as the FIT tests.

The local organizers of the Colorectal Cancer Awareness activities would like to remind you that

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened.

You may be at higher risk if you are 50 or older, African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you should ask your doctor about getting screened earlier.
  • Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.

For more information or to make arrangements for group tours of the incredible colon, email susan.wilson@lpnt.net .