Ask someone if cancer has affected their life, and chances are they have either battled the disease themselves or have watched a friend or loved one do so. As the second leading cause of death in the United States (behind only heart disease) one of every four deaths is attributed to cancer. Kentucky is among the states with the highest rates of cancer development and cancer deaths.
Lincoln Trail District Health Department staff members strive to promote healthy lifestyles that can help prevent many types of cancer. We also promote screenings that can lead to detection in the earliest stages, when treatments are most successful.
- We partner with the Kentucky Cancer Program to support the “Wear Blue” colorectal cancer screening program.
- Our breast cancer coalitions use educational campaigns and cancer screening events to reach women who are unlikely to be screened for breast and cervical cancer.
- Our health educators host tobacco cessation classes for all ages and teach local students about secondhand smoke and cardiovascular health.
- We provide well woman screenings including a Pap test, breast exam and physical exam by a nurse practitioner to eligible women. If follow-up services are required, those may be provided to uninsured women age 21 and older through the Kentucky Woman Cancer Screening Program.