BRIDGTON — Bridgton Hospital and Sanofi, a multinational pharmaceutical company, have teamed up to present a 12-foot-long, 10-foot-high human colon display at Bridgton Hospital.

Those visiting the display can walk through the colon and learn about colon disease and how it is diagnosed and treated. The display demonstrates the appearance of a healthy colon as well as the effects of various diseases of the colon, including cancer.

Information about colorectal cancer prevention, risks, symptoms and screening options will be available. Colorectal cancer is 90 percent preventable through modification of lifestyle-related risk factors such as smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, diets high in red and processed meats, alcohol use and even diabetes. People with type-2 diabetes have a higher incidence of colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is 90 percent treatable if detected early, yet it remains a leading cancer killer in the U.S. The best way to prevent colon cancer is through routine screening.

The display will be located outdoors near the entrance to the outpatient services area at Bridgton Hospital from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 17. The display is being presented as part of the hospital’s observance of National Hospital Week, May 12-18. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Sue Rivet, R.N., at 647-6064.

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