Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 5, 2013

‘Incredible Colon’ part of OLBH event

Staff report
The Independent

RUSSELL — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, in conjunction with the Kentucky Cancer Program, will host Dress in Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 at the Ashland Town Center.

The event will feature the “Incredible Colon”— an inflatable, 20 foot by 10 foot colon simulation that visitors can walk through. Educational information about colon cancer screening, prevention and early detection will be available.  

A Faces of Colon Cancer display will be part of the special colon exhibit. The display features stories of colon cancer survivors from each of Eastern Kentucky’s eight Area Development Districts. Wayne Stephenson from Greenup County is featured for the FIVCO district.

“The purpose of Dress in Blue Day is to promote colon cancer awareness and encourage people to get screened,” said Becky Simpson, cancer control specialist with the Kentucky Cancer Program. “I would like to encourage everyone to wear blue on March 25 to show their support for those in the community who have struggled with colon cancer.”

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in both the United States and Kentucky.  From 2005-09, the FIVCO district included 474 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 157 people who died from the disease.

“It’s a proven fact that colorectal cancer screening saves lives, and we hope the event March 25 raises awareness of the disease and encourages people to get screened,” Richard, Mailloux, M.D., OLBH gastroenterologist, said.

Free colon cancer materials are available for download from the Kentucky Cancer Program web site at kcp.uky.edu. For more information concerning colon cancer, contact the Kentucky Cancer Program at (606)793-7006. For more information concerning OLBH, contact the OLBH CareLine at 606-833-CARE (2273) or visit olbh.com.