03/04/2014

WVU Healthcare to host Strollin’ Colon

MORGANTOWN – In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, visitors to the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center’s Learning Center can scope out the Strollin’ Colon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5.

The 12-foot-long, 10-foot-high, 10-foot-wide giant replica of the human colon will be on exhibit near the Fukushima Auditorium. WVU Healthcare physicians, nurses, and cancer specialists will guide visitors as they walk through the Strollin’ Colon and observe the developmental stages of colon cancer.

“By hosting the Strollin’ Colon, we hope to raise awareness so that people will get in the habit of having regular screenings. Early detection is key to preventing colon cancer and ultimately reducing the number of people who die from this disease,” Sobha Kurian, M.D., oncologist at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, said. “The problem persists because far too many people are not being screened.”

WVU Healthcare staff will ask visitors to complete a pre- and post-test to assess their knowledge of colon cancer. There will be give-away items and free snacks that are considered healthy choices for preventing colon cancer.

“We encourage people to bring along any questions they may have about colon cancer when they come out to see the Strollin’ Colon,” Pamela Vlahakis Ash, nurse clinician at the Cancer Center, said. “This is meant to be a fun but educational event. Participants are welcome to bring their cameras to take pictures with the colon.”

A colonoscopy is considered the “gold standard” for colon-cancer screening. WVU Healthcare digestive diseases experts will be on hand to answer any questions participants may have about a colonoscopy.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 142,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer every year and more than 50,000 die from the disease.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuhealthcare.com
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