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Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program

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The Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program is a population-based public health initiative to reduce new cases of colon cancer, along with associated disability and death, with the involvement of state, regional and local health professionals.

New Need to Know Information

New clinician resource for stool blood testing

This new two-page resource introduces (or reintroduces) clinicians to the value of stool blood testing. It explains stool blood testing in general, makes physicians aware of the differences between a guaiac-FOBT and an FIT, explains why different kinds of FOBTs are superior and outlines some of the elements of a quality stool blood testing screening program. This resource was developed by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.

Colon Cancer: General Information

Is Colon Cancer Preventable?

In some cases, colon cancer can be stopped before it starts.

  • Colon cancers almost always develop from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum.
  • Screening tests find polyps so they can be removed before they change into cancer.
  • Screening tests find colon cancer early, when treatment works best and the chance for a full recovery is very high.
  • The most effective way to reduce your risk of colon cancer is by having colon cancer screening tests beginning at age 50.

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Screening Fact Sheet for Patients

Screening Fact Sheet for Professionals


Polyps are growths on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. They are common in people older than 50. Most polyps are benign (not cancerous), but some polyps (adenomas) can become cancer. Finding and removing polyps may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

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Risk Factors

Are you at high risk of developing colorectal cancer?

The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age. Screening tests for colorectal cancer should begin soon after turning 50 and continue at regular intervals or at the recommendation of your health care provider. However, you may need to be tested earlier or more often if your risk factors include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Certain hereditary syndromes
  • A personal or family history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer


Colorectal cancer first develops with very few, if any, symptoms over a period of years. This is why screening is important. However, symptoms may include:

  • Blood in the bowel movement
  • A change in bowel habits
  • Stools that are narrower than usual
  • General, unexplained stomach discomfort
  • Frequent gas, pain or indigestion
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chronic fatigue

These symptoms also can be associated with other health conditions. Discuss any of these symptoms with your doctor. Only your doctor can determine why you have these symptoms.

Healthy Choices and Lifestyle Factors

Recent studies indicate that certain lifestyle choices may increase your risk of colon cancer. Although screening is the best way to decrease your risk of colon cancer, you also can improve your overall health and decrease your risk if you:

  • Eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day
  • Maintain a normal weight
  • Limit fat in your diet
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Avoid tobacco, including smokeless products
  • Get regular physical exercise
Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program

The KCCSP was formed by passage of KRS 214.540 in 2008 to increase awareness of and education about screening for colorectal cancer. With future funding, screening programs will be developed for eligible Kentucky residents.

Kentucky Colon Cancer Advisory Committee

Members represent key organizations and people affected by colon cancer in Kentucky. The function of the advisory committee is to provide oversight to the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program and report annually to the Kentucky legislature.

Kentucky Colon Cancer Prevention Committee/Dialogue for Action

The working group for the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program was formed under the umbrella of the Kentucky Cancer Consortium, a statewide partnership of diverse organizations united to reduce the burden of cancer in Kentucky.

In 2008, Kentucky became a Dialogue for Action state through the Prevent Cancer Foundation, engaging more than 100 individuals in efforts to reduce the incidence and mortality of colon cancer in Kentucky by pooling information, ideas, skills and strategies. This group meets monthly in Frankfort and welcomes new members to serve on its Provider/Medical Home, Awareness/Messaging and Grassroots groups. Please contact Janet Luttrell for more information.

Contact Information

Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program
275 E. Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40621

Program Manager
Janet C. Luttrell
502-564-7996, ext. 4441

Clinical Nurse
Becki Thompson
502-564-7996, ext. 4444

Teri Wood, PhD
502-564-7996, ext. 4440


Last Updated 2/19/2015