co sponsor Super-Colon display
St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals and Clinics are co-sponsoring the Prevent Cancer Super Colon display at the Nez Perce County Fair along with North Central District Health Department, Lewis Clark Gastroenterology, Walla Walla Community College, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and others. The eight foot tall, 20 foot long replica of a human colon will be at the fairgrounds from Thursday, September 18 through Sunday, September 21.
The inflatable, interactive colon teaches people about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer. As visitors walk through the Super Colon, they get a close up look at healthy tissue, tissue with nonmalignant colorectal diseases as well as tissue with various stages of colorectal cancer. More information can be found at www.preventcancer.org.
The display is on a tour across the United States. Other cities on the tour include Philadephia, Houston, Chicago and New York. Arrangements were made through the North Central Idaho Colorectal Cancer Coalition to schedule the display which will be staffed by volunteers to answer any questions of guests who tour the walk-through exhibit.
Both CVHC and SMHC are members of the coalition. Colorectal cancer is 90 percent preventable and 90 percent treatable if detected early. Early detection options include a colonoscopy for any one age 50 or older, earlier if there is a family history or other risk factors. Other options include a fecal occult blood sample kit or a sigmoidoscopy. Coalition members advise people to talk with their care provider to see which option is best for them.