NV Health Agency Gets Grant To Fight Colon Cancer

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Health Division has received a $600,000 grant to enhance screening programs for colorectal cancer.

The five-year grant from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help fund efforts to increase screening for people 50 and older who are most at risk of developing the disease. The rest will be used to target screening for uninsured and minority populations.

The CDC says colon cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in the United States.

Nevada health officials say the effort will begin next year in the Reno-Carson City area, and be statewide by 2015.

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