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Take a Video Tour of the “Super Colon”

But Why Was the King of Rock 'n' Roll There?

March 27, 2011 | Cynthia Floyd Manley

“Come here, I am NOT walking through this colon by myself.”

The man, whose wife quickly joined him at the entrance of the 20-foot-long inflatable representation of a colon, was among folks who braved damp chilly weather on March 26, 2011, to visit the Cancer Prevention Foundation’s “Super Colon.”

In all, more than 400 Middle Tennesseans strolled through the walk-through educational exhibit to raise awareness of colon cancer and the role that early detection through regular screening can play in preventing the disease or improving survival.

Among them was Dr. Paul Wise, assistant professor of Surgery in the Vanderbilt colon and rectal surgery practice. Wise walked (should we say “stooped”) through the exhibit and explained each of the features:

The Super Colon was brought to Nashville by the Tennessee Cancer Coalition, which includes the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. In addition to the 20-foot-long inflatable colon, the event included colon health nutrition information from the Vanderbilt dietetic interns, colon cancer information and survey by Coalition volunteers, entertainment by the jugging variety arts troupe Playing by Air Entertainment, and Elvis impersonator Chuck Baril.

The Elvis connection was reminder about age and colon cancer screening. As Vanderbilt-Ingram’s Sheila Bates, manager of community outreach, put it: “Anyone old enough to remember the Kind of Rock n’ Roll performing in a white jumpsuit is the right age for colon cancer screening.” The American Cancer Society recommends regular screening starting at age 50, or sooner if you have a family history of the disease.

Here’s a peek at Playing By Air juggling “polyps” to attract folks to the exhibit and make the experience fun:

Other links and resources:

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center info about colon cancer treatment and information

Colon cancer screening facts from the National Cancer Institute

Colon cancer screening information from the American Cancer Society

Playing By Air Productions – Playing By Air Cares

The Tennessee Cancer Coalition