Hitting home the importance of colonoscopies and other colon screenings was the purpose of a giant inflatable colon on display at the Vital Signs Health Fair this weekend.
The 120-foot-long and 8-foot-high portion of a colon, known as the Rollin' Colon, gave health fair participants the chance to see the inside of a healthy colon all the way to one with late-stage colon cancer.
"We wanted to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and screening because it's a very preventable disease," said Michele Bever, executive director of South Heartland District Health Department and a member of the Vital Signs Health Fair board. "We thought by having something that is visual and would show the stages, it would help raise awareness."
The Rollin' Colon, owned by the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force, was brought to the health fair courtesy of the South Heartland Cancer Coalition and the Vital Signs Health Fair board.