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Published on March 16, 2015

Strollin’ Colon Comes to Greensboro

The Strollin’ Colon teaches visitors about colon cancer and what they can do to prevent it. This unusual but very important interactive health exhibit comes to Greensboro on Saturday, March 21. The free event is coordinated by the Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital and Whole Foods Market Greensboro Friendly. The exhibit will be in Whole Foods Market parking lot and will be open from noon until 2 p.m.

The Strollin’ Colon is an inflatable model colon that is 12 feet long, 10 feet Strollin Colinhigh and 10 feet wide. Cancer experts from Cone Health will escort visitors through the exhibit to learn about polyps, ulcerative colitis and the various stages of colon cancer. Visitors will learn about colorectal cancer prevention from  a board-certified oncology registered dietitian and healthy-eating cooking demonstrations. Members of Cone Health Medical Group will answer questions about colorectal cancer screenings, which are proven tools for the early diagnosis of  cancer. Cancer can be prevented by removing pre-cancerous polyps, which are often found during a routine screening colonoscopy. In fact, the death rate from colon cancer has been declining due in part to screenings.

Excluding skin cancer, the American Cancer Society lists colorectal cancer as the third most common cancer and the second leading cancer killer of American men and women.

The staff of Cone Health Cancer Centers treated 242 cases of colon and rectal cancers in 2013 through its specialized program. It was most often found in those 50 to 89 years of age.

Cone Health Cancer Center is ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in medical excellence for cancer care in 2015 by CareChex®, a division of Comparion.