Skip to main content

Giant inflatable colon meant to promote colorectal cancer awareness

A jumbo walk-through reproduction of a human colon will be on display at the Georgian Mall in Barrie, Ont., on Mon., June 24, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Source: RVH) A jumbo walk-through reproduction of a human colon will be on display at the Georgian Mall in Barrie, Ont., on Mon., June 24, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Source: RVH)
Share

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is pulling out all the stops - and jumbo-sized inflatables - to raise awareness and educate the public about colorectal cancer prevention.

"Colorectal cancer is largely preventable with appropriate screening, yet it still remains one of the top three causes of cancer deaths in Canada," explained RVH gastroenterologist Dr. Kyle Fortinsky.

A massive inflatable colon will be on display at the Georgian Mall on Bayfield Street in Barrie on Monday near the food court on the lower level for the public to experience.

The Jumbo Colon is a unique exhibit the public can walk through and explore. Screens with audio and video guide visitors, helping them understand and experience different colon conditions, including polyps, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, and the stages of colon cancer.

Experts say nine out of 10 people can be cured when colorectal cancer is caught early.

"In Simcoe Muskoka, 34 per cent of eligible people are due for their screening," a hospital release noted.

Find out more about cancer screening by calling 1-866-608-6910.

 

 

CTVNews.ca Top Stories

Video shows B.C. grizzly basking in clawfoot tub

A donated clawfoot bathtub has become the preferred lounging spot for a pair of B.C. grizzly bears, who have been taking turns relaxing and reclining in it – with minimal sibling squabbling – for the past year.

Biden tests positive for COVID, will self-isolate in Delaware

U.S. President Joe Biden, under pressure from fellow Democrats to drop his re-election campaign, tested positive for COVID-19 while visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday and is self-isolating after experiencing mild symptoms, the White House said.

Stay Connected