At The Medical Center, we believe that the fight against cancer begins with empowerment - knowing how to prevent cancer and how to detect it in its early stages. Through a variety of avenues, The Medical Center educates Southcentral Kentucky on the importance of cancer prevention and early detection.
In 2013, The Medical Center Cancer Committee selected Lung Cancer as its primary community outreach prevention program. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people die from lung cancer in the U.S. than from any other cancer, and the medical community has labeled tobacco use as our number one preventable health risk. The Barren River Health Planning Council Community Needs Assessment identified smoking as the number one cause of lung cancer. The evidence-based national guidelines for cancer prevention states that smokers need to be educated and encouraged to eliminate tobacco use altogether. Smoking cessation offers the best route to reduce risk of early death from lung cancer.
The Medical Center worked in conjunction with the Kentucky Cancer Program to secure commitment from Simpson County Middle School to implement ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience) for 7th graders. Developed by MD Anderson Cancer Center, ASPIRE targets teens and encourages them to not smoke or to stop smoking. Other schools have expressed interest including Henry Moss, Drakes Creek, Warren East and South Warren Middle Schools.
The Medical Center Health & Wellness Center hosted a Cooper Clayton Smoking Cessation Facilitator Training and Refresher Course to increase the number of facilitators in the community and therefore offer more smoking cessation programs. A total of 22 facilitators were trained or updated, bringing the number of facilitators in the Barren River region to 58. Two Smoking Cessation programs were offered at the Health & Wellness Center in 2013, with 14 participants at both classes.
The Medical Center provided educational materials on lung cancer prevention with a focus on smoking cessation to over 30 worksites and through community health fairs. Resources included the 1-800-QuitNow Hotline and Cooper Clayton Smoking Cessation program. There were more than 24 specific opportunities to promote smoking cessation in 2013. An educational article on lung cancer awareness and cessation education was published in Summer 2013 edition of WellNews, the hospital’s community newsletter, that is mailed to over 50,000 households.>