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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!

The Kentucky Cancer Program with their District Cancer Council is launching the seventh annual statewide public awareness campaign about colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women in Kentucky.  March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month and plans are underway to turn the town blue in observance of Dress in Blue Day on Friday, March 6th.

We are honored to announce that Crit Luallen, Lieutenant Governor and colon cancer survivor, will serve as the Chair for Kentucky Dress in Blue Day.  She will join KCP Council partners and numerous other organizations, businesses, schools and churches throughout the community to encourage everyone to wear blue.

Special Dress in Blue promotional materials are available from KCP while supplies last.  For our Materials Order Form and other free resource materials, view our online Colon Cancer Resource Toolkit.

You will find educational brochures, articles, promotional flyers, press releases, and much more to help plan events.  The information can be used to reach out to individuals in your business, school, church, club, office, and other places to spread the word about colon cancer screening.

For more information about colon cancer or if you need assistance paying for a colon screening, please contact the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Plan to be Tobacco Free!

A new one-time class for those planning on quitting tobacco use, to help them prepare to be successful with the latest information on medications, resources, and recommended options.  The class lasts for up to one hour at no cost to participants and will be presented by KCP Tobacco Treatment Navigators.  For more information please view Plan to be Tobacco Free brochure.

Quitline Video (1-800-QUIT-NOW)

This entertaining 7-minute video will give an overview of the Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) from the perspective of people who have called and the coaches who provide support.  It will show the kind of help offered and how much others have benefited from the free service.  View Quitline Video.

2014 Cancer Survivor Celebration - JD Shelburne's origional song, "Next Big Thing"

Check out JD Shelburne's original song, "Next Big Thing" and tribute video for survivors. He performed the song at the James Graham Brown/KCP Cancer Survivor Celebration this year!  View video

Hospitals get help with tobacco cessation efforts

 
"Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence in Kentucky Hospitals", is now available to help hospitals address patients’ tobacco use and implement tobacco-free policies.

 A project of Kentucky Cancer Program's Providers Practice Prevention and the Kentucky Department of Public Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, with the Kentucky Hospital Association, this free program features:

  • A web-based video training for clinicians and staff on tobacco treatment.  The course demonstrates how to effectively and quickly address tobacco use with ALL patients, regardless of condition, as well as provide appropriate treatment for those willing and not willing to quit.  The training provides free CE credit to nurses, physicians, respiratory care practitioners, and pharmacists.
  • Information and fax referral sheets for the free Kentucky Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW. The quitline is a state-funded service through which patients interested in quitting will receive proactive calls from coaches who will assist them in a personalized plan.
  • A toolkit providing information and resources to assist hospital administrators in establishing systems approaches for staff, patients and visitors; designed for facilities with tobacco-free policies.

 

More than 1,205 hospital clinicians and staff members have already participated in  the web-based training. 


For more information or to order the program, hospital staff should call Celeste Worth, KCP's Professional Education and Training Manager, at (502) 852-6318.

 

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