PADUCAH - March is colon cancer awareness month. Today you have the chance to travel through a colon. This giant colon is a little less messy than a real one.
A giant inflatable colon was at Western Baptist hospital today. You can see what colon cancer looks like, as well as gastro diseases and the pre-cancerous lesions known as polyps.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but a colonoscopy can detect polyps early enough to prevent it.
Colon cancer is also a topic many are afraid to discuss because they are scared of pre-colonoscopy treatments. Over time, they have gotten much more terrible.
Doctors recommend that everyone turning 50 should get a colonoscopy. If you have a family history, it is good to get one at age 40.