Kentucky Falls Short on Fighting Cancer

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In the report, the state was labeled falling short in several categories, including preserving private insurance coverage for cancer screenings, promoting smoke-free workplaces, increasing tobacco excise taxes, funding tobacco-use prevention programs and ensuring access to colorectal cancer screenings.

However, Kentucky got a good grade for access to breast and cervical cancer screenings and was cited for making progress on access to care by those without health insurance.

Jennifer Marsh is the executive director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville. She says Kentucky is a tobacco growing state and has strong historical ties to the industry.