Governor Beshear to Kick Off Cancer Screening Opportunities at State Fair with KentuckyOne Health
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Louisville, Ky. (August 15, 2013)—The 2013 Kentucky State Fair began today and KentuckyOne Health kicked off a number of free cancer screening opportunities to attendees in an effort to reduce cancer rates in the Commonwealth.
KentuckyOne Health officials were joined by Governor Steve Beshear and former Lieutenant Governor Stephen Henry and his wife, Heather French Henry, to reinforce the importance of preventative cancer screenings. Kentucky has the highest death rate from cancer of any state in the nation, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.
“The easiest way for Kentuckians to turn around these dismal rankings is to get screened regularly for cancers, and fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to do that right here at the State Fair,” said Gov. Beshear. “Early detection is key to treating and curing many types of cancer, and the screenings available today are quick and painless.”
First Lady Jane Beshear was unable to attend, but said in advance, “Women, in particular, have a very important role to play in reducing Kentucky’s cancer statistics, they are the engines that keep our families running. It’s critical that women get screened for health threats like breast or ovarian cancer and encourage other family members to take care of their health needs.”
As part of KentuckyOne Health’s ongoing efforts to help Kentuckians lead healthier lives, the state’s largest health system will offer a variety of free cancer screening opportunities throughout the Kentucky State Fair August 15-25, 2013.
"A five minute screening saved my life and it could save other men, too," said Stephen Henry, MD. Henry leads the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition, a nonprofit organization offering free screenings at the KentuckyOne Health exhibit in the South Wind Health Horizons area. "More and more women are taking the lead in healthcare when it comes to the men in their lives, that's why we feel it's imperative to reach out to them as well concerning prostate cancer," added his wife, Heather French Henry.
In addition to prostate
cancer, fairgoers can take advantage of screenings for oral, head and neck cancers and breast cancer through the James Graham Brown Cancer Center Mobile Mammography Unit and Kentucky Cancer Program.
“With more than 500,000 attendees from across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky State Fair provides us with the opportunity to share potentially life-saving health screenings with more Kentuckians,” said Bev Weber, COO, KentuckyOne Health. “We are grateful for the support of partners such as Governor and First Lady Beshear and the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition for their support of this important effort.”
In addition to cancer education and screening opportunities, KentuckyOne Health will offer a number of other free health screenings throughout the fair, including cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings daily.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.