We kicked off this morning at the Kicking Butt Over Breakfast friendraiser event benefiting the Colon Cancer Prevention Project.
The CCPP was founded in 2004 by Dr. Whitney Jones, a Louisville gastroenterologist with a passion for preventing colon cancer. Dr. Jones began the organization after diagnosing several patients with colon cancer within one week. Knowing the cancer is highly preventable with appropriate screening, he set out to make a change. Back then, only 1 in 3 Kentuckians were getting life-saving colon cancer screenings. Now, about 2 in 3 Kentuckians are getting screened, and the incidence rate is down more than 25 percent. We have gone from the 49th worst state to #20, and the state is now nationally renowned for its work, which includes a state-wide screening program for low-income, uninsured people.
Director and former DMLO President Jennifer Hughes is a young survivor of colon cancer, and recently joined the Board of CCPP. She spoke at the Never Too Young Forum to raise awareness of the increasing diagnosis of colon cancer in men and women under the age of 50.
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