PRESTONSBURG – Floyd County Judge-Executive Ben Hale declared March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month on Tuesday.
Nan Arnett, Floyd County Health Department Program Specialist, and Becky Simpson, Regional Cancer Control Specialist, met with Judge Hale to officially proclaim March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in Floyd County.
Colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented because colorectal cancer screening allows doctors to find and remove hidden growths (called polyps) before they become cancer. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether. Yet colorectal cancer remains the third leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. Each year, tens of thousands of lives are lost to this disease.
Take time to learn the facts about colorectal cancer. Talk to your friends and family about the importance of getting screened for colorectal cancer starting at 50 and other ways to reduce the risk of the disease, such as not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, eating less red meat, and consuming alcohol in moderation or not at all.
Hale has proclaimed March 17 as Colon Cancer Dress in Blue Day. Area residents are urged to join the Floyd County Health Department and the Kentucky Cancer Program to call upon the citizens to ask their physicians about this potentially lifesaving screening.
On March 17, the Floyd County Health Department in partnership with Highlands Regional Hospital, will conduct a free health fair. Come out and be screened, your life could depend on it.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.