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Published on March 07, 2018

Giant Colon Strolls Through Burlington

The big, interactive model teaches about colon cancer and how to prevent it.

A 10-foot-high colon is impressive. The lesson it teaches could be lifesaving. Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional Medical Center and Lowes Foods are sponsoring a visit by the Strollin’ Colon.

The Strollin Colon

The free event is Saturday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowe’s Foods parking lot on 1191 University Drive in Burlington.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. However, there are steps people can take to reduce their risk.

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. “We can prevent colon cancer by removing polyps,” says Kiran Anna, MD, a gastroenterologist with Alamance Gastroenterology – Burlington. “Polyps are small growths that can turn into cancer years later. Removing them prevents that.”

Dietitians will be there to answer questions about the role food plays in the development of colon cancer. The event also features prizes, healthy food and activities for children. 

Cone Health Cancer Centers treated 288 cases of colon and rectal cancers in 2017. It was most often found in those 50 to 89 years of age. Black men have an especially high risk for colon cancer.

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