Inflatable colon teaches cancer awareness

Published: Mar. 8, 2012 at 1:05 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM CDT
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Many probably have not seen the inside of a colon but, Wednesday, those in Kentucky got to walk through one.

When Donna Conley heard the inflatable colon was making rounds in Kentucky, she had to come out for the event.

"There was a rumor that the big colon was going to be here," said Conley. "People make a big joke out of coming to see the colon, but it's important and it educates people."

The Kentucky Cancer Program wants to make sure everyone, no matter the age, knows how to maintain a healthy digestive system.

"When it comes to digestive issues like colorectal cancer, by the time a person has symptoms, it's probably too late," said Cancer Control Specialist Jaime Rafferty with the Kentucky Cancer Program.

Rafferty says screenings are the number one way to prevent cancer from spreading and treating the disease immediately, waiting too late can be fatal.

"About 2,600 individuals will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2012, and of those, 900 will not make it, and that means a third of Kentuckians diagnosed will die," said Rafferty.

Conley says being able to see what goes on inside her own body and how to prevent disease. can only help, especially, after dealing with health concerns of her own.

"I've had a colonoscopy, actually, I've had three in the last few years,"  said Conley. "I have diverticulitus and so many things can be found out from a colonoscopy, not just cancer."

Rafferty says having a ten foot, inflatable educational tool, can help save more lives.

The big colon makes it's next stop in Bowling Green.

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