Hamilton bringing Prevent Cancer Super Colon to town - March 9th

Friday, February 22, 2013

 Prevent Cancer Super Colon representative Cheryssa Jensen talks with a community member inside the inflated Super Colon.
Prevent Cancer Super Colon representative Cheryssa Jensen talks with a community member inside the inflated Super Colon. More than 1,200 people visited the Prevent Cancer Super Colon at Walnut Square Mall last year. 

DALTON, Ga.– To raise awareness in the Dalton area that colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer of men and women combined in the U.S., Hamilton Medical Center will host a health event featuring the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™.  The event will be held at Walnut Square Mall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

The exhibit is an inflatable, interactive colon, that teaches people about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer.  Visitors get a close-up look at healthy tissue, tissue with non-malignant colorectal diseases, as well as tissue with various stages of colorectal cancer.  

Physicians and other health care professionals will be available to provide information and answer questions at the event.

Colorectal cancer affects men and women of all races and is preventable, treatable and beatable. The disease is preventable through screening and if detected early, it can be successfully treated 90 percent of the time. The Prevent Cancer Foundation encourages cancer prevention through research, screening and early detection of all preventable cancers, including colorectal, breast, skin, cervical, lung, oral, prostate and testicular cancers.

It is recommended to have your first colonoscopy when you turn 50 or earlier if you have a parent, brother, sister or child who has had polyps or colon cancer. Under the Affordable Care Act, preventive colonoscopies are covered under insurance at no cost to the patient for those in certain risk categories, even if polyps are removed.