- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s fight against cancer has gotten a boost from a $3.75 million grant awarded to the University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1mFIOM7 ) reports the grant will promote colorectal cancer screening in central Appalachia.

The grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was announced Thursday.

Kentucky has the nation’s highest rates of cancer incidence and death, and more people from Appalachian Kentucky die from colorectal cancer than those in the state’s other regions.

The UK center’s director, Dr. Richard Crosby, says the focus on colorectal cancer came from a community advisory board that includes relatives of cancer survivors and health care professionals.

This is the center’s second five-year round of competitive federal funding. The first five years of the project focused on cervical cancer prevention.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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