The Incredible Colon, a 20-foot inflatable colon replica from The Kentucky Cancer Program, visited Owensboro Health Regional Hospital on Wednesday. The interactive exhibit raises awareness and education about colon cancer.
Hundreds of individuals walked through the exhibit as Owensboro Health team members explained the different types of colon tissue and possible signs of cancer. Experts were on hand to discuss colon cancer screening options, as well as information about other types of cancers.
In Daviess County, Kentucky, colorectal cancer is ranked fifth in incidence (new cases) and second in mortality (deaths) behind lung cancer, according to the Owensboro Health Cancer Registry.
Tim Laugh, Director of Owensboro Health Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center, said the exhibit was well-received, with many inquisitive visitors.
“We had people ask lots of great questions about when to get a colonoscopy, and what increases their risk for cancer,” Laugh said. “With cancer, if you can catch it early, you can cure it. If you wait until you’re really having symptoms, it could be too late. Being educated and getting screened early can save your life.”
If you think you should be screened for colorectal cancer, contact your primary care provider. To schedule a colon cancer screening with Owensboro Health, call 270-417-7870.