WebXtra: Colossal colon sends a big message

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - We found something pretty unique - a twenty foot long, eight foot high human colon - and we went to take a trip right through the middle of it.

The traveling exhibit, stopping at 100 cities across the U.S., gave visitors a chance to see a part of the body that is often overlooked.

Explanations of different diseases and medical problems of the colon lined the realistic looking walls.

It was a sight you don't see everyday. The unique replica of the body part garnered its fair share of attention, showcasing an important point at the same time.

"It's really to raise awareness about something we've all got and that's a colon and the kinds of bad things that can happen and what you can do to prevent them," says Dr. Gary Boyd, a staff gastro-urologist.

For many, the chance to see a human body part blown up to such large proportions was an eye opening experience, but for others, it also had a deeper message, seeing the face of colon cancer and what it can do to those afflicted with it. As it kills 56,000 Americans each year, people need to know that prevention is the key with routine doctor visits and a scheduled colonoscopy once you reach a certain age.

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