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Kentucky CancerLink to offer free colonoscopies

Kentucky ranks number one nationally in the incidence of colon cancer. Colon cancer can be prevented with early screening, and when found in early stages, can be successfully treated. The Kentucky CancerLink has received funding from the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program (KCCSP) at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) to help address the problem of colon cancer in the Commonwealth.

Through this statefunded program, Kentucky CancerLink has the ability to navigate Kentuckians to no-cost colonoscopy for those who meet certain eligibility guidelines. If you are between the ages of 45 and 75, are uninsured, and a Kentucky resident, you may be eligible for a free colonoscopy. If you have a family history of colon cancer, or certain health issues that increase the risk of colon cancer, you may be eligible for a colonoscopy before age 45. Financial guidelines and health history can be discussed on an individual basis.

If you have insurance with a high-deductible and have had polyps removed in the past and need a followup colonoscopy but are concerned about the cost, contact KCL to see if you are eligible for this program. This program can also cover individuals that do not have Medicare Part B coverage.

Colon cancer screening saves lives by finding polyps before they turn into cancer. Additionally,treatment is more successful with early detection and can lead to better prognosis.

Call Kentucky Cancer- Link, 877-597-4655 for additional information about eligibility and/or be enrolled in the program. For more information on colon cancer symptoms and risk factors, visit www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal.

The mission of Kentucky CancerLink is to reduce and/or eliminate barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Until there is a cure for cancer, Kentuckians need help today. Visit www.kycancerlink.org for more information regarding the organization.

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