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March 24, 2008

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Dianna Seiffert, Communications and Legislative Services (402) 471-1695, dianna.seiffert@dhhs.ne.gov

 

Super Colon will be in Omaha on March 29 for Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Lincoln - The Super Colon, a giant, inflatable replica of a human colon, will be in Omaha on March 29, as an unusual and dramatic reminder of the importance of colorectal cancer screening. Standing 8 feet tall and 20 feet long, visitors will be able to walk through the Super Colon display and learn colorectal cancer prevention tips, risks, symptoms and treatment options.

“Nebraska has the 11th highest colorectal cancer incidence rate in the United States,” said Jackie Miller, Chief Administrator, Community Health, with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “With regular colorectal cancer screening, we can dramatically reverse this statistic. The Super Colon is an incredible interactive display that gives people the chance to learn about colorectal cancer and how it’s preventable, treatable and beatable.”

The Super Colon will be on display at the Black Family Health and Wellness Fair on March 29 at 4410 North 36th Street in Omaha from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Admission is free. The display will give visitors a close-up look at healthy tissue, tissue with non-malignant colorectal diseases, and tissue with various stages of colorectal cancer. The Super Colon is a program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

National guidelines recommend everyone over the age of 50 be screened for colorectal cancer, earlier if there is a family history of colon cancer or if there is a medical history of bowel disease.
For more information about the Super Colon, visit www.preventcancer.org For information about colorectal screening in Nebraska, call the DHHS Colon Cancer Program at 800-532-2227.

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