It is something on almost everyone’s bucket list – a trip through a giant colon. Or am I the only one? Although I’m a few months late, as March was Colorectal Awareness Month, it’s never too late to think about one of the most common types of cancer.
According to the Colorectal Cancer Association, the stats for 2011 are
This year an estimated 22,200 Canadians (12,500 men – 9,700 women) will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 8,900 (5,000 men – 3,900 women) will die from it.
On average, 426 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer every week and 171 will die from the disease every week.
One in 14 men is expected to develop colorectal cancer during his lifetime and one in 27 will die from it. One in 15 women is expected to develop colorectal cancer during her lifetime and one in 31 will die from it.
Overall, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Canada.
The leading cause of cancer death is still lung cancer. Although in most cases, age corrected rates of cancer are stable or dropping, an ageing population means that the absolute number will continue to increase.
The risk factors for Colorectal Cancer, as with many other cancers include those you cannot change, such as genetics, and previous health history. However, there are a number of things you can do including improving your diet, increasing your exercise level, and limiting your tobacco and alcohol consumption.
Anyway, back to our giant colon. “Co-Co The Colossal Colon” was built as a way to education children and adults about the diseases that can affect their large intestine.
On the inside, as you go from the entrance and past a normal colon, you pass various diseased sections.
And finishing up with everyone’s favourite:
So c’mon everybody – let’s go play in our colons
If you want, you can rent Co Co.
The Colossal Colon® is available to be rented for educational events addressing colorectal cancer, colon health, or general health events. To date, it has been used in malls, hospitals, museums, state fairs, corporate campuses, parks, convention centers, football stadiums, and even an amusement park. Since 2002, the Colossal Colon® has visited 74 cities in 34 states and Canada.
Personally, I think it would be a great addition to any birthday party.