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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hosts Colon Cancer Awareness event
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03/05/2014
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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hosts Colon Cancer Awareness event
Highlights include life-size 20 foot long inflatable Super Colon in hospital lobby

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – (March 5, 2014) – In recognition of National Colorectal Awareness Month, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to hold an educational event on colon cancer on Thursday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside St. Joe's Ann Arbor's main hospital building. The event is free and open to the public.

Highlights of the event include a life-size 20 foot long inflatable Super Colon which visitors are encouraged to walk through. As visitors travel through the Super Colon they can see the progression of colon disease as it evolves, including polyps that can be seen and felt. Leading colorectal surgeon Dr. Robert Cleary, health reporter Lila Lazarus and genetic counselor Kristen Hanson will be on hand. Important screening information will be available as well as a children's table. The weekly St. Joe Farmer's Market will also be open.

The event will be held at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor's main lobby, located at 5301 McAuley, in Ypsilanti, Mich.

10 AM PHOTO OP: Rob Casalou, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, will be kicking off the event by walking through the Super Colon.

Did you know?
• Survival rates for colon cancer are up to nine times higher if it is found early.
• Colon cancer usually begins with a precancerous growth called a polyp, which if found early can be removed.
• People 50 and older should be tested regularly and testing is not a one-time event.

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