The University of Kentucky gets cancer research grant

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- The University of Kentucky has received nearly four million dollars to help fight cancer in Eastern Kentucky.

The university's rural cancer prevention center will use the money to promote colon cancer screenings in Appalachia.

The team will work on promoting an at home screening test, called a fit test, which will help Eastern Kentuckians know if they need to see a doctor for further evaluation.

One colon cancer survivor say it could be key in saving more lives.

"Which colon cancer screening is the best one to take and its whichever one somebody will do and that's why this fit testing is so important and why it will reach so many people in Eastern Kentucky," said Sherry Paye, a colon cancer survivor.

More people in appalachia die from colon cancer then the number of people diagnosed in other regions of Kentucky.

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