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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Colon: Take a walk through a ‘Super’ one at Greenwood Park Mall

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Colorectal cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and one of the deadliest. However, there is a formidable weapon available to fight this disease.

Early detection through screening colonoscopies and being aware of the signs and symptoms of this disease arm you with colorectal cancer prevention tools. Sadly, many not be aware of the signs or choose to forgo colorectal cancer screening for a variety of reasons.

These are some of the reasons why the St. Francis Colorectal Cancer Center is partnering with the Prevent Cancer Foundation for a special one-day exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at Greenwood Park Mall.

This event coincides with the March designation as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

On site will be an 8-foot-tall, 20-foot long replica of the human colon, a nationally touring exhibit that teaches the public about the importance of colorectal cancer screening. The Prevent Cancer Super Colon™ is an interactive tool that teaches people about the risks of colorectal cancer and the benefits of early detection and treatment.

As visitors walk through the exhibit, they get an up-front look at healthy and non-malignant diseases, as well as the various stages of colorectal cancer. Additionally, St. Francis medical personnel will be on site at the mall to offer colorectal cancer risk assessments and to provide related free information and literature.

St. Francis physicians and the Colorectal Cancer Center are offering two free events to help promote a better understanding of colonoscopy procedures and colorectal cancer. The event also features Indianapolis writer Ingrid E. Cummings, whose book The Vigorous Mind probes the power of keeping a person’s mind and body healthy.

Wednesday, March 11 – (Lecture) Understanding Colorectal Cancer and The Vigorous Mind. Program is free and open to the public. St. Francis Education Center, 5935 S. Emerson Ave., Suite 100 (6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.). Reservations are required by March 9. Call 317-782-4422.

Monday, March 16 – (Lecture) Understanding Colorectal Cancer and The Vigorous Mind. Program is free and open to the public. Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby St., (6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.). Reservations are required by March 12. Call 317-782-4422.

To learn more about the St. Francis Colorectal Cancer Center, go to

More information about the Prevent Cancer Foundation is at