Giant Colon coming to Pen Centre to raise awareness about colon cancer

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Posted Feb 26th, 2016 in News

Shoppers will have more than deals and merchandise to attract their attention at the Pen Centre on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5.

They’ll also have a unique opportunity to walk through a giant colon to learn about colorectal cancer and other diseases of the colon.

Niagara Health System’s Colorectal Screening Program, in partnership with Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, is bringing the Giant Colon Tour to the St. Catharines shopping mall as part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s (CCAC) pink inflatable walk-through reproduction of the human colon is 40 feet long and eight feet high.

The NHS has partnered with The Giant Colon Tour, an educational exhibit part of the CCAC campaign that seeks to educate Canadians that this disease is preventable, treatable and beatable.

A team of registered nurses and health promotion Specialists from Niagara Health System’s Endoscopy department will be on hand to offer information about screening, a simple process that helps to identify the risk for developing cancer.

The CCAC’s visiting professor Dr. Preventino – a puppet – will greet all visitors and guide them on their voyage through The Giant Colon.  Visitors will view everything on a large scale, from Giant Hemorrhoids to Giant Polyps and much more.

While exploring The Giant Colon, Dr. Preventino will provide visitors with healthy lifestyle tips and explanations of the various diseases on interactive media screens.

Giant Colon Tour details:

Where: Pen Centre, St. Catharines: In the Sears Court

When: Friday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 pm. and Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Why: To raise awareness about colorectal cancer and the importance of regular screening.

For more information about Niagara Health System’s Colorectal Screening Program, click here

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