UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY PUBLIC RELATIONS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         UKPR Contact: Mallory Powell,

July 9, 2014                                                  615-828-0000, mallory.powell@uky.edu

 

                                                                                                                                     

MEDIA ADVISORY     

 

UK Receives $3.75 Million CDC Grant for Rural Cancer Prevention

 

WHAT:  The University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC) has received $3.75 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote colorectal cancer screening in Central Appalachia. Kentucky has the nation's highest rates of cancer incidence and death, and more people from Appalachian Kentucky die from colorectal cancer than those diagnosed with colorectal cancer in other regions of the state.

 

WHO:  UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto; Dr. Lisa Cassis, UK interim vice president for research; Dr. Richard Crosby, director of the UK Rural Cancer Prevention Center; Dr. Robin Vanderpool, deputy director of the UK Rural Cancer Prevention Center; and Sherry Payne, colorectal cancer survivor, member of the RCPC Community Advisory Board and community health advisor for the American Cancer Society.

 

WHEN:  10 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014

 

WHERE:  317 Conference Room in the Charles T. Wethington Jr. Building

 

PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in the Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage located on Huguelet Drive. The Wethington Building can be accessed by walking through the Kentucky Clinic. For more information or directions, call 615-828-0000.

 

MORE: The UK RCPC, housed at the UK College of Public Health, is one of 26 CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers (PRC) in the country, and the only one focused on rural cancer prevention. The UK RCPC is a planned collaboration of community members, public health professionals, and researchers that conduct applied prevention research to reduce the health disparities associated with cervical cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer among residents of the Kentucky River Health District. This is the RCPC's second five-year round of competitive CDC funding; the first five years of the project focused on cervical cancer prevention. A major issue for people living in eastern Kentucky is not being screened as recommended for colorectal cancer, resulting in diagnosis of colorectal cancer in later stages when chances of survival is lower. Colorectal cancer is usually a slow growing cancer that if detected early, can be treated giving those diagnosed a much higher survival rate.

 

The UK RCPC is a CDC-funded PRC. The PRC Program directs a national network of academic research centers, each at either a school of public health or a medical school that has a preventive medicine residency program. The centers are committed to conducting prevention research and are leaders in translating research results into policy and public health practice. These centers have rich capacity for the community-based, participatory prevention research needed to drive the major community changes that can prevent and control chronic diseases.

 

MEDIA NOTE:  Immediately following the news conference, media in attendance are encouraged to attend a special event open to the media at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Named one of TIME magazine’s top-10 heroic animals in history, therapy horse Magic will visit the Kentucky Children’s Hospital for the first time at 11 a.m. in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

 

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