Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country, but it is preventable and treatable if caught early. March is designated as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by the American Cancer Society. To help raise awareness and promote prevention of the disease, Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center is offering an upcoming educational event, which is free and open to the public.
Interactive display: Walk through the Strollin’ Colon
Mercy’s Hall-Perrine Cancer Center is bringing a table-top, educational colon display to Cedar Rapids. The display is designed to educate people about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer.
The Strollin’ Colon will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, in the cancer center atrium.
Visitors can get a close-up look at what normal colon tissue looks like, as well as seeing other diseases of the large intestine, colon polyps and colorectal cancer.
The Strollin’ Colon display primarily targets those 50 and older to encourage colorectal screening. Other audiences include those who are not aware of the need for colorectal cancer screening, have a family history of colorectal cancer or have never been screened.