Free screenings of new Kentucky colon-cancer documentary, plus Q and A, are scheduled in Louisville, Lexington and Hazard

The Colon Cancer Prevention Project is premiering its new documentary, “Catching a Killer: Colon Cancer in the Bluegrass,” in three select cities, before it starts airing on KET this summer.

The 30-minute film, which features stories from Kentuckians who have been affected by colon cancer, will be shown June 18 at the Clifton Center in Louisville; June 23 at the Central Library in Lexington; and July 20 at the Perry County Library in Hazard. It includes stories from residents of Appalachia and Louisville, two areas where colon cancer rates are the highest.

All three events will run from 7 to 8 p.m. and include a question-and-answer session with expert panelists after the film is over. Free food, music and photos will be offered before the start of the film, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

The Colon Cancer Prevention Project is Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s only nonprofit focused solely on work to end the second leading cancer killer among men and women. Colon cancer strikes 2,600 Kentuckians each year – making Kentucky one of the worst states in the country for colon cancer incidence – but it is highly preventable with screening.

“Catching a Killer” not only shares the heartfelt stories of our neighbors, but also shares information about screening options and resources in our state.

“Our goal is to make sure people get screened for this disease and avoid ever hearing the words: You have cancer,” Andrea Shepherd, the project’s executive director, said in a news release. “We hope that after viewing this documentary, people get on the phone and start talking with their physicians and families about colon cancer screening.”

The events are free and open to the public. More information and an RSVP form is available on the project’s website.

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