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Giant colon on display at KSB

Created: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:20 p.m. CST

DIXON – Let’s talk about colon cancer.

Better yet, let’s get up-close and personal with the colon.

What better way to raise awareness of colon health than to invite the public to crawl through an oversized model of the colon?

The Community Wellness Department at KSB Hospital this week is playing host to Coco the Colossal Colon, a 40-foot-long, 4-foot-tall model of the human colon at Commerce Towers, 215 E. First St.

The public is invited to crawl through or walk around the model, complete with examples of healthy colon tissue and diseases of the colon, including polyps and various stages of colon cancer.

The model is on display through Friday, the start of Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Colon health is a serious matter, but discussion about that part of the body is taboo. Coco the Colossal Colon is so large, so funny-looking and so unusual, people won’t be able to resist talking about it, said Christine Scheffler, community wellness coordinator for KSB Hospital.

“It’s a dynamic way to raise awareness of colon cancer and how easy it is to prevent colon cancer,” she said.

Colon health is not a topic only for the older set. It should be talked about – not ignored – by young people, too. The model – geared, in a way, toward children, with its cartoon-like appearance – encourages young people to get familiar with the colon and be comfortable talking about it, Scheffler said.

“We have to educate our youth,” she said. “If they see something so large and almost cartoonish, they won’t be nervous to talk about it.”

Coco the Colossal Colon, a traveling display, was created by Indiana-based Adirondack Scenic from real colonoscopy photos. The model is hand-carved and hand-painted.

It will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday.

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