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‘Nolan the Colon’ heads to Prince of Wales

Posted: April 25, 2011 - 8:27pm

KLAWOCK — Nolan the Colon is coming to Prince of Wales Island for the first time on May 2-5. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host “Nolan the Colon” for a tour of Klawock, Hydaburg, Craig and Thorne Bay.

Nolan is an inflatable, interactive super colon, standing more than 10 feet tall and 25 feet long, designed to raise awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening. Nolan is big enough for people to walk through, so they can see what a healthy colon looks like and see how precancerous polyps can grow to become colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) ranks among the leading causes of death for Alaska Natives, and Natives are twice as likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer as non-Natives.

The POW trip opens from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday at the Klawock Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. In addition to Nolan’s visit to Klawock, SEARHC Community Health Care Services medical director Dr. David Vastola will give a presentation at 7 p.m.

From noon to 6 p.m. on May 3, Nolan will be at the Hydaburg school gym; the Craig Community Association building from 3-7 p.m. on May 4; and from 3-7 p.m. on May 5 at the Thorne Bay school gym.

For more information about Nolan the Colon’s Southeast tour, please call SEARHC Health systems specialist Becky Koslovich at 966-8936. For more information about colorectal cancer and the SEARHC Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, talk to your medical provider or call 966-8541. Owned by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Cancer Program and the Alaska Colorectal Cancer Partnership, Nolan the Colon travels the state to educate people about colorectal cancer and the importance of getting screened.

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