Kentucky will receive around $2.6 million in federal grant funding to improve colon cancer screening rates and health outcomes, according to a Floyd County Times report.
Here are four key notes:
1. Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.) announced that the funding would be doled out over the next five years.
2. The work plan for the grant brings together 16 partners across a number of healthcare settings.
3. The efforts to improve CRC screening rates and outcomes will be coordinated by the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch of the Department for Public Health.
4. Tom Tucker, PhD, associate director for cancer control and senior director for cancer surveillance at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center in Lexington, stated that one-third of the eligible population in Kentucky has never been screened for colorectal cancer.