Walk-through colon gives close-up view of health risks

Special to The Freeman

March 14, 2014

SUSSEX – Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin on Saturday will help raise awareness about colon cancer and the importance of colonoscopy screening.

There will be a pink, inflatable walk-through colon, which people can walk through for an up-close view of large-scale polyps, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and colon cancer. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

March is colon cancer and colonoscopy awareness month. Colon cancer kills 50,000 Americans each year, and 80 percent of the deaths can be prevented with colonoscopies and lifestyle changes, according to a statement.

“Most people don’t like to talk about colon cancer or colon screening, but there are two good reasons we should be talking more about it. First, colon cancer is one of the most common, yet preventable, forms of cancer, and second, early detection can save lives,” said James Thomas, a colorectal cancer specialist with Froedtert & the Medical College. “People should be screened for colon cancer starting at age 50, or earlier if they have specific symptoms or a family history of colorectal disease. Talk with your doctor about this important test.”