Strollin’ Colon Comes to Greensboro
What you do today can prevent colon cancer years later. That is the message behind the Strollin’ Colon, an unusual but very important interactive exhibit coming to Greensboro on Saturday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Whole Foods parking lot in the Friendly Shopping Center. The free event is coordinated by the Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital and Whole Foods Market Greensboro Friendly.
The Strollin’ Colon is an inflatable model colon that is 12 feet long, 10 feet high 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. “It shows the development of polyps. It gives people the idea of what we are after, of what a colonoscopy is about,” says Cone Health Medical Group gastroenterologist Robert Kaplan. “Polyps are small growths that occasionally turn into cancer years later. Removing them prevents that.”
A colonoscopy is done by examining the inside of the colon using a small camera. Doctors look for cancer as well as polyps. “And early detection of colon cancer is also highly correlated with a cure,” adds Kaplan.
A board-certified oncology registered dietitian will share healthy eating ideas. Members of Cone Health Medical Group will answer questions about colorectal cancer 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 260 cases of colon and rectal cancers in 2014 through its specialized program. It was most often found in those 50 to 89 years of age.
Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital is ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in medical excellence for cancer care in 2016 by CareChex®, a division of Comparion.