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Inflatable colon turns heads in Tyler

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

A giant inflatable display, meant to raise awareness about colon cancer, is catching the eyes of East Texans. 

An inflatable colon at the Glass Recreation Center in Tyler is not a joke. Doctors say colon cancer is a serious issue all over the world.

It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. 

The inflatable display demonstrates the impact cancer can have on a colon. 

Several East Texans at the event were given health screenings and learned what they can do to prevent colon cancer. 

Doctors at the event say there is a high percentage of colon cancer in East Texas. They want the community to know it's never too early to get a screened.

"Over 50,000 people die of colon cancer every year, so a colonoscopy offers an opportunity to take out polyps so that the polyps cannot continue to grow and turn into cancer," says Doctor Bola Olusola, a G. I. specialist at UT Health Northeast. 

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