I’ve walked through a colon. Seriously. Colon Cancer Awareness Month

I was reading my usual t1d blog favourites and came across (Probably) Rachel’s new post about colon cancer. Her father was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at 46. He fought for four years before he passed away at age 50.
It got me thinking, “What do I know about colon cancer?”

Answer: Nothing really.

Then a lightbulb. I actually walked through a GIANT INFLATABLE colon before.

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada tours an enormous blow-up colon in malls, health centres, anywhere really. People can actually see, touch and walk through the inside of a colon and learn more about how this part of the body works.

Giant Colon Tour features Dr. Preventino, a fun loving puppet doctor that’s featured on TV screens inside. For photos, click here.

Here’s a short, great video on ANOTHER giant inflatable colon by Growing Bolder.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some great information on National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month here.

Here are some facts from their website:

  • Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
  • Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer include blood in or on the stool (bowel movement), stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away and losing weight and you don’t know why.
  • You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50, then keep getting screened regularly until the age of 75. Ask your doctor if you should be screened if you’re older than 75.
Please spread the word and ask your friends and family if they have been screened.
Background photo courtesy of Rachel Kerstetter.

Background photo courtesy of Rachel Kerstetter.