Kentucky Cancer Consortium Colon Cancer Committee

Colorectal Cancer in Kentucky Factsheet

The Kentucky Cancer Consortium and their partners have developed a factsheet highlighting the state's progress to increase colorectal cancer screening rates and reduce mortality for this preventable, treatable disease. The new two-page snapshot outlines the impact of colorectal cancer in Kentucky and shares both continuing challenges as well as opportunities for collective action.

Presentations for Your Next Events

Utilize this PowerPoint presentation at your next health education event, or print this postcard sentiment in your local media, thanking health care providers and community champions for their efforts in increasing colorectal cancer screening rates in Kentucky.

Next Meeting: Thursday, August 16th, 2018, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, 11:30am-1:00pm

Vision: To bring all stakeholders together to collaborate, share resources, generate synergy, and further our specific missions to reach our common goal of eliminating preventable colon cancer through screening.

Mission: To work collectively to increase the number of Kentuckians who receive appropriate colon cancer screening.

Colon Cancer Committee organizations:

For more information about the Committee, contact Katie Bathje.


  • Over the past 17 years, Kentucky's colon cancer screening rate has improved more than any other state in the country. Kentucky BRFS data for 2016 shows that over 70% of eligible Kentuckians had been screened for this preventable, treatable, disease.
  • Kentucky is the only state in the country that requires almost all health plans to cover the entire cost of a colonoscopy after a positive FIT or stool DNA test, with no co-pay or deductible. It is also the only state to have ensured that a patient who has a polyp found during a screening colonoscopy must continue to be coded and billed as a screening colonoscopy, not a diagnostic colonoscopy. Correct coding is key to no-cost colonoscopies!

Cancer Action Plan

CAP Roadmap

The Kentucky Cancer Action Plan (CAP) is the state's comprehensive cancer control plan to reduce our burden of cancer. The Kentucky Cancer Consortium is charged with implementing the CAP. The Plan is a blueprint for action that addresses four key areas of the cancer continuum: prevention, early detection, treatment and care, and quality of life. Each section contains major goals, objectives, and suggested strategies.

In 1999, the Kentucky Cancer Program, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and the American Cancer Society developed the plan with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first Kentucky Cancer Action Plan was completed in 2001. Revisions are made as needed. The Plan's last complete revision was approved by the Consortium in 2005.

Download the entire plan, or just one of the sections: prevention, screening and early detection, treatment and care, or quality of life.