Take a field trip through a giant inflatable colon

  • By Andrea Brown Herald Writer
  • Monday, February 25, 2013 4:08pm
  • LifeEverett

Run for your lives.

A giant inflatable colon is coming to town.

The large intestine will be on display at Everett Mall to educate people about colon cancer screening.

Colon cancer is preventable and treatable — if you get a jump on it. The disease, that is. The inflatable is not to jump on.

It’s a tunnel to walk through with an up-close look at healthy colon tissue, polyps and various stages of colorectal cancer.

“It’s family-friendly, not scary,” said Anne Miles of Citrine Health, the nonprofit health organization sponsoring the event with the educational group Colon STARS.

The inflatable, made for Colon STARS, is 20 feet long, 12 feet wide and 10 feet tall.

Miles said she sent out invites to school groups and seniors.

“Kids can come for a field trip,” she said. “We are hoping to get large groups of people coming through.”

The supersized colon makes the rounds to hospitals, health fairs and malls.

“People rave about it,” Miles said.

Health workers will be on hand to give information about screening, prevention, risks, symptoms and treatment options.

The inflatable is available to rent. It needs a dry location with an electrical outlet.

The Super Inflatable Colon will be open for business Friday and Saturday March 1 and 2 at the Everett Mall center court,

For more information see www.citrinehealth.org. And for more information about colon cancer check www.colonstars.org or www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening.

More in Life

Rose Johnson, 80, is a member of the Everett Area Newcomers Club, which meets and dines once a month at Sno-Isle Tech’s student-run Le Bistro Restaurant. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Old-timers can join the Everett Area Newcomers Club

Everett group welcomes women for friendship and fun at multiple meet-ups.

From Jasper to Banff: A Canadian adventure in an RV

Jennifer Bardsley plans to take her family on two-week roadtrip through Canada in a tent trailer.

Skippers share sea stories at Marysville speaker series

The Bellingham couple will talk about charter cruises on the historic wooden vessel they rebuilt.

Expo in Stanwood can help you get ready for the country

The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool is set for Jan. 27 at the high school.

Anxiety, or chronic worry, is a growing problem

Paul Schoenfeld shares four approaches to help keep your anxiety from getting out of control.

Find many of our region’s winter birds in the Skagit Valley

If you love birding, also check out these bird-related festivals, lectures and other events.

What’s new this year for travelers in England, Ireland

The nations are improving tourism infrastructures and adding exhibits to well-known sights.

A visit to the nursery helps put you in the mood to garden

Not ready to get back into gardening? January is still a fun time to poke around a garden center.

Plant of Merit: Hybrid oriental hellebores, Lenten rose

What: Oriental hybrid hellebores, with the common name Lenten rose, are a… Continue reading

Most Read