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Kentucky’s cancer rates are staggering: An estimated 212 of every 100,000 people will die each year. In Warren County, that rate is about 204.

So it should be no surprise that if you walk in a room and ask for people to raise their hands if they personally have had cancer, have had family members with cancer or they know someone who has had cancer, few hands remain down.

While lifestyle choices may help in the prevention of certain cancers, there still is a need to make advancements in treatment. Chemotherapy, in many instances, is still a rather crude form of treatment - tearing down a person’s immune system before it can be built back up. You still hear people say that if the “cancer doesn’t get me, the treatment might.”

But there is hope, thanks to many organizations such as the American Cancer Society, which dedicate funds for research toward treatment, if not cures. It also helps provide both emotional and physical support for those going through treatment, such as helping women find just the right wig, if they can’t afford one, or helping guide patients through treatment with an advocate.

Each year south-central Kentuckians donate generously to the Cancer Society through Relays for Life held in their communities. The all-night affairs that include sharing stories of survival, remembering those who didn’t survive and walking to raise funds begins in earnest this weekend.

Warren County’s event begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Bowling Green High School’s football stadium. Logan County will host its Relay for Life on Friday at Logan County High School, and Metcalfe County will have its event Saturday at Edmonton City Park. Barren County will hold its relay June 15 at Barren County High School. Others in the region hosted their relays last month.

Cancer touches many people. Every donation makes a difference in saving lives.

— Daily News, Bowling Green

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