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Dress in Blue Day

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) is encouraging everyone to Dress in Blue on Friday, March 1 or at special events throughout the month as part of the fifth annual nationwide campaign to promote lifesaving colon cancer screening.
Madeline Abramson, Kentucky Lieutenant Governor’s wife, will serve as the Dress in Blue Day Honorary Chair for Kentucky.
Community partners, led by KCP District Cancer Councils, are sponsoring many special activities March 1 (national Dress in Blue Day and throughout the month.)  Included will be a special tour by a 20 ft. long inflatable Giant Colon traveling throughout central and eastern Kentucky some time during the month in every district.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the nation and the state. The mortality rate in Kentucky is among the highest, claiming the lives of approximately 900 people each year.
Community members are invited to join the Kentucky Cancer Program District Cancer Council in raising awareness about this preventable disease, both in their circle of friends and family, or through local businesses, churches, schools and organizations. Planners hope to spread the word about colorectal cancer and encourage everyone age 50 and over to get screened.
The Kentucky Cancer Program is the state mandated cancer control program jointly administered by the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. KCP’s mission is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality by promoting cancer education, research and service programs.
Dress in Blue on March 1, or at a special event in your business or community, and tell your friends and family why.
Harrison Memorial Hospital will be hosting Dinner with a Doc, a new series developed and designed to share health facts and answer your questions about specific medical issues. The first topic in the series will be held Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Cynthiana Country Club. The  physician guest speaker will be HMH General Surgeon, Karl Schulstad, M.D. The topic will be “Colonoscopies: Get the Facts and Get Checked.” Dr. Schulstad will share key information about when and why you should have this very important look at your colon health. Participants for this free dinner event must pre-register by calling 859-235-3510.    
For more information about events in the local area or about colon cancer prevention and early detection, contact the Kentucky Cancer Program regional cancer control specialist in your area at:  Tonya Pauley, Cancer Control Specialist, tonya@kcp.uky.edu and visit the KCP web site at www.kcp.uky.edu or contact Mollie Smith, HMH Marketing Manager at 859-235-3510 or msmith@hmhosp.org.