Strollin Colon Heads to Library
The teaching tool encourages colon cancer prevention.
What you do today can prevent colon cancer later in life. That is the message behind the Strollin’ Colon, an unusual but very important interactive exhibit coming to Greensboro on Saturday, March 16. The Strollin Colon will be at the McGirt-Horton branch of the Greensboro Public Library at 2501 Phillips Ave, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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 look for when we do a colonoscopy,” says Cone Health Medical Group gastroenterologist Daniel Jacobs, MD. “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. “Early detection of colon cancer often means a cure,” adds Jacobs.
A dietitian will share healthy eating ideas. Members of Cone Health Medical Group will answer questions about colorectal cancer screenings. The staff of Cone Health Cancer Centers treated 324 cases of colorectal (colon, rectum and rectosimoid) cancers in 2018 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 2019 according to CareChex® ‐‐ an information service of Quantros, Inc.