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Published on March 16, 2017

Strollin’ Colon Comes to Greensboro

People can tour the 12-foot-by-10-foot model and learn about colon cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. But there are steps people can take to reduce their risk. That is the message behind the Strollin’ Colon, an unusual interactive exhibit coming to

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Greensboro. The inflatable model will be in the Whole Foods parking lot in the Friendly Shopping Center on Saturday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event is coordinated by the Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital and Whole Foods Market Greensboro Friendly.

Cancer experts from Cone Health will escort visitors through the 12-foot-long, 10-foot-high Strollin' Colon. Inside they will learn about ulcerative colitis, polyps and the various stages of colon cancer. “You can see why colonoscopies are so important. We believe they help prevent colon cancer by revealing polyps,” says K. Veena Nandigam, MD, LeBauer Gastroenterology. “Polyps are small growths that can 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. “The earlier we find colon cancer, the better the chance for a cure,” adds Nandigam.

Registered dietitians will offer tips on avoiding colon cancer. They include eating fewer red meats and processed meats such as hot dogs and bacon. Studies suggest that those items increase a person’s risk of developing colon cancer. Studies also find eating certain vegetables and fruits may reduce the risk. Whole Foods will provide samples. 

Cone Health Cancer Centers treated 292 cases of colon and rectal cancers in 2015. It was most often found in those 50 to 89 years of age. Black men have an especially high risk for colon cancer.

Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital is ranked in the top 10 percent of all hospitals in the nation in medical excellence for cancer care in 2017 by CareChex® – an information service of Quantros, Inc.

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