It is the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. And here in the Midwest, colon cancer numbers are even higher. That's why a local hospital is bring a larger-than-life awareness program to Siouxland.
It's a 40-foot, one-ton replica of a colon... and organizers say The Colossal Colon is an experience of epic proportion. That's why Mercy Medical Center is bringing the exhibit to Siouxland. An awareness effort to take the yuck out of a part of the body we don't like to discuss. "We want to make it fun so it's not so eww. And have something to laugh about, but at the same time understand what's really going on with our colon, what it really is," said Dr. Cindie Wolff.
The Colossal Colon gives you a chance to walk through and actually touch the inside of a colon. "You actually see what a colon looks like, what they would see when they do a colonoscopy. What are all those things your doctor talks about when he says diverticulosis or polyps," said Dr. Wolff. And it's that education in your body Dr. Wolff says is key. In her words, knowledge is power, and when it comes to colon cancer... that knowledge can save your life. 90-percent of all colon cancers are preventable, especially if caught early during a colonoscopy. A procedure Dr. Wolff hopes people will be more comfortable with, once they see inside the body first hand. "I hope it becomes not only more real, but less scary. That this is just part of our bodies, and it's a part that can cause us problems if we ignore it, and if we don't we can actually take good care of it," said Dr. Wolff.
The Colossal Colon is coming to Sioux City the first week in May. It will be at the Sioux City Convention Center. During the week, schools and other organizations can schedule tours through the colon.. then on the weekend the public will be invited to walk through. The dates are May 4th through the 8th. To find out more information, or to book a tour... check out the Mercy Medical Center website.
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