Cruising through a colossal colon
By d s
8 Mar 2010
It looks like a huge caterpillar with bumps all around. Spongy red mats on the inside are inviting.
As I get on my knees and crawl through it, ugly pink walls with tears, lumps, holes and bruised sores highlight Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, cancerous and non-cancerous colon polyps, and various stages of colon cancer.
The Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, N.J. recently hosted Colossal Colon, an 40-foot crawl-through model exhibit, to help prevent cancer and encourage early detection through screening such as colonoscopies.
As I crawl further, bubbling advanced cancer lumps appear and they are horrific. The exhibit has achieved it's purpose. I wonder about the health of my colon.
Colon cancer is a silent killer and early detection saves lives.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if everyone aged 50 years old and older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.
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