Online voting could bring giant walk-through colon to Ogdensburg
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 6:25 am

OGDENSBURG -- If you've ever wanted to take a tour of a walk-through model of a large intestine, this could be your chance.

Online voting to bring a replica Super Colon to the North Country is underway as Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Cancer Services Program of St. Lawrence County have joined together to try to win the Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Lives 2012 National Challenge.

The winner gets a visit from the educational exhibit Prevent Cancer Super Colon, an inflatable 20-foot long, eight-foot high replica of a human colon.

As visitors walk through the Prevent Cancer Super Colon, they get an up-close look at healthy colon tissue, tissue with non-malignant colorectal disease like Crohn’s and colitis, colorectal polyps, and various stages of colorectal cancer.

Claxton-Hepburn is taking the challenge because St. Lawrence County is among the top three counties in New York State for the incidence of colorectal cancer. They want to use the traveling exhibit to increase screening rates through education and improved access to care. Their goal is to win the challenge and hold a health fair centered on a visit from the extra-large large intestine.

To vote, go to screeningsaves.org; click “Join” to register and create a password; go back to the home page and click “Vote Now” and vote for “Save St. Lawrence County, Send the Prevent Cancer Super Colon.”

Voting closes April 30.