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Published on March 13, 2018

Strollin’ Colon Comes to Greensboro

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

A 10 foot-high colon is impressive. The lesson it teaches could be lifesaving. Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital and Whole Foods Market Greensboro Friendly are sponsoring a visit by the Strollin’ Colon.

The free event is Saturday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Whole Foods parking lot in Friendly Shopping Center.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. But 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 reduce the chances of getting a colon cancer by removing polyps, says Daniel Jacobs, MD, a gastroenterologist with LeBauer HealthCare. “Polyps are small growths that can turn into cancer years later. Removing them may prevent 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 colorectal cancer 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.

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 2018 by CareChex® – an information service of Quantros, Inc.

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