Health Alert WEB EXCLUSIVE: Strollin' Colon

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Question: What should people expect when visiting the exhibit?

Answer: When you come to UHC to visit the Strollin’ Colon on the first floor, near the gift shop (on either March 8 or 9 between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm), you will have the opportunity to tour an enlarged replica of what a colon could potentially look like. Once you enter the inflatable colon you will see a replica of what a colon looks like.

You will see what a:
• healthy section of the colon looks like with a very smooth lining, a pink surface and small blood vessels
• what benign polyps look like, these are fleshy growths in the lining of the colon
• what a malignant polyp look like, these are ugly, red, and may have areas of ulceration
• what colon cancer looks like, which may appear as mushroom-shaped growths
• what advanced colon cancer looks like, which is what happens when nothing is done and growth of the cancer cells grow and spread through the wall of the colon and to other parts of the body—symptoms would include bleeding, pain, and weight loss.

The key to early detection of colon cancer is regular colon screenings. For more information please contact UHC Family Medicine at 681-342-3600.