Giant colon rolls across Ontario, into
TORONTO – It’s 12
metres wide, pink and designed to teach members of the public about
Canada’s second biggest cancer killer – colorectal cancer. The Giant
Colon Tour rolled into Toronto earlier this month, kicking off
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Cancer
Care Ontario, ColonCancerCheck set up a giant walk-through colon at
Toronto’s Dufferin Mall in the city’s west end.
After that, the colon moved on to Queen’s Park, and then headed to
Montreal’s Salon des Générations before stopping in Peterborough and
Pembroke, Ont., at the end of the month.
The colon is owned and operated by the Colorectal Cancer Association of
Canada. “The giant colon exhibit brings with it the message about the
importance of colorectal screening and how it saves lives,” Terrence
Sullivan, president and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario, said in a statement.
“When people receive proper screening, the rates of colorectal cancer
decline, so I urge Ontarians to visit the giant colon and learn more
about this preventable disease.”
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, an estimated 8,100 Ontarians
were diagnosed last year with colorectal cancer, and 3,300 died from the
disease. ColonCancerCheck said there is a 90 percent chance colorectal
cancer can be cured if it’s caught early enough.
The agency urges people over 50 to talk to their family doctor about
The inflatable colon exhibit allows members of the public to see what
happens inside the colon, including the appearance of polyps and
The presentation also includes a video, questions about colorectal
cancer, and healthy lifestyle tips to combat the disease.
Posted March 25, 2010