Super Colon

Don’t miss your chance to get a tour of a human colon. That’s right, a colon!

The Super Colon, a 20 foot long, inflatable, walk-through colon, will be at the JC Penney East Court inside the Battlefield Mall from 9 am – 7 pm.

As visitors walk through the Super Colon, they will get an up close look at simulated healthy colon tissue, tissue with non-malignant diseases like Crohn’s and colitis, polyps, and various stages of colon cancer.

Nurses from Cox Health Systems and St. John’s Health Systems will be available to answer any questions regarding cancer screening, prevention tips, risks of developing colon cancer, and symptoms and treatment options.


National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Cancer Society wants to encourage everyone 50 and older to go get tested for colon cancer!

Colon Cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in men and women, but it is also one of only two types that can actually be prevented through screening.

When screened, if the doctor finds a polyp (a growth on the inside of the colon) it can be removed before the growth ever even becomes cancerous.

Knowledge of screening has increased, and overall colon cancer rates have decreased with both men and women over the past two decades. This decrease is due in part to early detection and removal of precancerous polyps.

Although the number of individuals diagnosed with colon cancer has decreased, approximately only half of the U.S. population, age 50 and older has been tested. So please, go get checked, and please recommend to others you know, that they go get checked as well for colon cancer!

Regularly scheduled colon cancer screenings can help save lives and help achieve the American Cancer Society’s goal of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

The American Cancer Society Recommends the following tests to find early detection of colon cancer:

Tests That Detect Adenomatous Polyps and Cancer

Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years

Colonoscopy every 10 years

Double contrast barium enema (DCBE) every 5 years, or

CT colonography (CTC) every 5 years

Tests That Primarily Detect Cancer

Annual guaiac-based fecal occult blood test

Annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT) Stool DNA test (sDNA)