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Large colon takes center stage at hunters health expo

Sue Bradley, Regina Patterson and Pat Sullivan of Sanofi stand with representatives from the Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Karen Crowningshield, Jane Hooper, Lisa French, Joan Sweet and Kye Turner inside the large colon.

Sue Bradley, Regina Patterson and Pat Sullivan of Sanofi stand with representatives from the Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Karen Crowningshield, Jane Hooper, Lisa French, Joan Sweet and Kye Turner inside the large colon. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— An inflatable colon took over the Elizabethtown Community Hospital waiting room Sept. 18.

The large and informative arch welcomed community members who came for hunters health screenings, a flu shot clinic, and blood drive.

Director of community relations at the hospital, Jane Hooper, said the colon was a conversation starter for people coming for other health screenings and preventative care.

Representatives from SANOFI, a pharmaceutical company has been bringing the inflatable, walk-through colon to different hospitals and events to illustrate the importance of early testing.

“It’s the one cancer we can see and prevent through colonoscopy, so we asked to have something to show people,” Susan Bradley, Senior Oncology Clinical Product Specialist with Sanofi said.

Bradley said one in 20 people tested are found to have the progressive disease.

“If detected early, colon cancer can be treated with medication,” Bradley said. “Once the cancer progresses to a certain stage the only thing that can be done is try to prolong the quality of life, early detection is key to fighting this.”

The large colon is a blow-up archway with sections designated as healthy tissue, polyps, early signs of cancer cells and full blown cancer cells.

“This colon makes it easier to start the dialogue about colon cancer and really enforces the importance of early detection,” Bradley said. “It’s definitely a good education tool. If we can prevent one patient from going down that road we’ve done a great job.”

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