20-foot inflatable colon teaches important health lesson

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Attendees of the Wisconsin Sports Show can learn about colon health by walking through a 20-foot-long inflatable colon.

Mayo Clinic Health System is partnering with the National Colon Cancer Alliance to bring the display to the Sport Show.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S. Health officials say 80 percent of those deaths may be preventable by early detection. The exhibit explains how visitors can reduce their risk of colon cancer.

“Colon polyps and cancer are much more frequent as we age, so typically we start recommending in most people they start getting checked at the age of 50, we do it a little bit earlier in some special circumstances those who have a family history of colon cancer at a young age,” Dr. Jaime Zighelboim, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Mayo Clinic Health System.

March is National Colon Cancer awareness month.

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