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Program promotes colon health

Mar. 21, 2013 @ 10:54 PM

GRAYSON, Ky. -- A special tour through the state of the Incredible Colon is promoting education about risks and preventive measures of colon cancer during March, National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The 20-foot-by-10-foot inflatable model of a human colon, large enough for visitors to walk through, was on display at Bellefonte Primary Care in Grayson, Ky., on Thursday. It will appear from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Ashland Town Center.

The program, sponsored by Kentucky Cancer Program, Kentucky Colon Cancer Prevention Project and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, is a free offering designed to teach about colon cancer and other diseases of the colon. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in Kentucky and nationwide, yet only 63 percent of Kentucky residents who should have screenings have had them, according to data from the nationwide Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

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