FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11)—Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is taking on colon cancer in the capital.
Beshear was joined by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Madeline Abramson, health advocates and survivors of colon cancer on Thursday morning.
They highlighted the need for more prevention and education funding for this cancer.
For the second straight budget, Beshear is proposing $1 million for the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening program to continue screenings for low income and uninsured Kentuckians.
The Kentucky Cancer Foundation will match that amount as well.
"Kentucky's cancer narrative is a wretched tale filled with suffering and with hardship,” Beshear said. “I know that as well or better than anyone else because I'm cancer survivor myself. And I'm governor of a state whose cancer incident rates and mortality rates is historically or have been historically among the worst in the nation. But in the fight against cancer, we're not helpless and there's hope."