Colon cancer is preventable. Some risk factors are avoidable and regular screenings as people age will increase the likelihood that any potential cancer will be found early enough to treat. Many, if not most deaths, could have been prevented with screening, colonoscopy and removal of small benign polyps before they became a cancer. Other deaths could have been prevented during screening by finding colon cancers at an early stage, of which 67-89% can be cured. It is recommended that screening begin at 50 OR at ANY age if you are having symptoms.
To help raise awareness about colorectal cancer and other digestive diseases of the colon and the preventative and diagnostic medical options available, the Gastroenterology Associates Ambulatory Surgical Center of Southern Nevada, in partnership with the Nevada Colon Cancer Partnership, American Cancer Society and Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America together with other community partners, will host a family health awareness community event in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 12, 2013 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join special speakers, including City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, colon cancer survivors and Dr. Frank Nemec.
The Colossal Colon is the creation of Molly McMaster, a colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed on her 23rd birthday, with help and support from Glen Falls Hospital in Glen Falls, NY. The Colossal Colon/"Crawl the Colon" is a project of The Colon Club and is dedicated to to the memory of Amanda Sherwood Roberts, who lost her battle with colon cancer at age 27. The Colossal Colon was designed and built by Adirondack Scenic, Inc., a custom design and fabrication company. The Colossal Colon is sponsored nationally by Genentec and Get Your Guts in Gear (GYGIG), The Ride for Crohn's & Colitis. GYGIG creates and produces 2 and a 1-day ride to raise awareness about Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and the needs of people living with ostomies. For more information about GYGIG, please visit www.ibdride.com
The health awareness event will include the Colossal Colon, an all-inclusive, interactive, 40-foot long, 4-foot tall, crawl-through replica of the human colon designed to educate everyone about the various diseases of the colon and that colorectal cancer can happen to anyone at any age. The Colossal Colon exhibit is free and open to the public and includes examples of healthy colon tissue, several non-cancerous diseases of the colon, polyps, and various stages of colorectal cancer as well as several other activities:
Colonoscopy simulator*Free Fecal Immunochemical Test (must qualify)*Mascot Captain Colon photo booth*Foreign body retrieval*Live music*Food
Mission: Combat Colon Cancer