According to a 2016 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, cancer mortality rates declined 20 percent since 1980 in every state but Kentucky. Ben Chandler, President and CEO of Foundation for a Health Kentucky, and former United States Congressman, was the Knox County Chamber of Commerce guest speaker at the May 29 meeting, explaining what his foundation is doing to make Kentuckians healthier.
According to Chandler, the foundation decided to first battle smoking, which is attributed to one-third of cancer cases. The effort is to dethrone Kentucky as the ‘cancer capital of the nation’.
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