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KentuckyOne Health to Bring Preventive Care to the Forefront
at Kentucky State Fair
Louisville, Ky. (August 12, 2016) — Kentucky has some of the highest cancer rates in the country. In order to improve those statistics, KentuckyOne Health, the largest health system in the Commonwealth, will offer health screenings at this year’s Kentucky State Fair, August 18-28, 2016 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Most screenings will be free for those who qualify.
KentuckyOne will have an exhibit in the “Health Horizons” area of the South Wing and will offer screenings throughout the week for hepatitis C, prostate cancer, carbon monoxide, head and neck cancer, colon cancer and more, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The James Graham Brown Cancer Center (JGBCC) will also provide mammograms daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Horses & Hope Cancer Screening Van accepts insurance and will also provide free screenings to those who qualify. The American Cancer Society recommends women begin annual mammograms at age 40. If fairgoers are unable to stop by the KentuckyOne Health booth at the fair, they can check out mobile screening locations at www.kentuckyonehealth/mobilescreenings.
KentuckyOne Health will also offer coronary artery disease (CAD) screening on August 27 through a Corus CAD test, which is done through a peripheral blood draw. The screening is the only sex-specific test for obstructive cardiovascular disease that takes into consideration cardiovascular differences between men and women. Heart disease is the number one cause of death of women. In Kentucky, heart disease and stroke claim nearly 6,000 women a year, or 16 each day.
In addition to screenings, fairgoers will have the opportunity to learn more about KentuckyOne Health’s STAR Oncology Rehab Program, which helps provide patients with a survivorship care plan that helps cancer survivors optimally heal and function. Medical experts from KentuckyOne Health will also be on hand to speak to fairgoers.
“KentuckyOne Health is thrilled to return to the Kentucky State Fair to offer Kentuckians the opportunity to get health screenings and enjoy all this event has to offer,” said Stephanie Mayfield Gibson, vice president for population health, KentuckyOne Health. “These screenings provide fairgoers answers regarding their medical questions, and help to improve the health and wellness of all Kentuckians.”
Along with screenings on-site, colon cancer screening assessments will be handed out to take home. The kit, known as the fecal immunochemical test (FIT), is a stool test that detects hidden blood in the stool, which can be a sign of precancerous polyps or colon cancer. Colon cancer screening is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50 for those at average risk. Individuals with a family history may need to be screened sooner.
Doctors with Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital’s Bariatric program will also be on hand on August 25 to discuss the Orbera procedure, which KentuckyOne Health streamed on Facebook Live and Twitter during a patient procedure in July. The nonsurgical weight-loss technique is less invasive than gastric bypass surgery. During the procedure, a soft balloon called the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon is temporarily placed into the patient’s stomach without any incisions or surgery. On average, the weight loss balloon helps patients lose three times the weight they would with diet and exercise alone.
A complete schedule of screenings and demonstrations offered by day, as well as additional information about each department highlighted at this year’s exhibit, is available online at www.kentuckyonehealth.org/statefair.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.