Cancer screening van to start driving through Kentucky
More people are diagnosed with cancer in Kentucky than any other state in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control, for every 100,000 people more than 500 are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year.
The Kentucky Cancer Program says it’s become their mission to help Kentuckians find, fight, and survive cancer. They say there will soon be a new resource to do just that.
Dr. Nicholas Lopez is a lung surgeon at Baptist Health Paducah. He remembers one of his patients who never would have found an advanced stage of lung cancer if it were not for the patient’s wife, who died of lung cancer.
"He was worried and wanted to hopefully not go through what his wife had went through." Lopez says.
It’s this kind of story Lopez says he wants to prevent. "You’re interested in lung cancer screening, so let’s talk about what we can do to give you a better chance of doing well," he says.
Jamie Smith with the Kentucky Cancer Program says screening is their life saving mission. "We really want to talk to the community and let them know there are services and screening programs available," Smith says.
Smith says getting to the screening is difficult for some. That’s why they’re going to bring screenings to you.
Smith says a screening van will roll all around Kentucky in January. Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear started the project. "People could just come up to the van, take their information and put them on the van with the health care professional," Smith says.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, the Kentucky Cancer Program initiated an online resource for you.