The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) is bringing an 8-foot tall, 20-foot long replica of the human colon, Prevent Cancer Super Colon™, to the XL Center in Hartford on Sunday, March 29th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Monday, March 30th, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
The exhibit is part of the Connecticut Cancer Partnership’s statewide colorectal cancer public education initiative.
The Super Colon™ is an inflatable, interactive colon that teaches people about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer. As visitors walk through the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™, they get a close-up look at healthy tissue, tissue with non-malignant colorectal diseases, as well as tissue with various stages of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is 90 percent preventable and successfully treated 90 percent of the time, when detected early, yet it remains a leading cause of cancer deaths.
Hartford is one of the stops on a nationwide tour during March’s National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month for the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™, which travels across the country serving as an educational tool to teach the importance of colorectal cancer screening.
“The goal of our program is to promote, improve and optimize the appropriate use of high-quality colorectal cancer screening and follow-up services, and eliminate or decrease racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in access to these screenings,” says Jennifer Granger, chief operating officer of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut.
CHCACT is funded by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) to direct the program in collaboration with 8 community health centers, the University of Connecticut Health Center, and participating gastroenterologists throughout the state.
The program will provide a colonoscopy for 600 Connecticut residents who are between the ages of 50 to 64 and have no health insurance or have health insurance that does not cover colonoscopy. The program also develops and provides outreach and educational training to the participating community health centers.
Community health centers participating in the colorectal cancer screening program are Community Health Services, Hartford; Community Health & Wellness Center of Greater Torrington, Torrington; Fair Haven Community Health Center, New Haven; Generations Family Health Center, Willimantic; Hill Health Center, New Haven; Optimus Health Care, Bridgeport; Southwest Community Health Center, Bridgeport; and StayWell Health Center, Waterbury.