Sanford Cancer Center is taking a new approach to educating patients about the importance of regular colorectal cancer screening. The Cancer Center recently introduced a 30 foot long, six foot tall inflatable colon appropriately called the Sanford Inflatable SemiColon™. While winding through the SemiColon, patients learn more about colon diseases.
The SemiColon was created to use as an educational piece at health fairs, cancer screening events, churches and other health events in the region. The SemiColon was purchased through the generosity of the Sanford Auxiliary.
“We have lots of text pieces that we can give to patients but we hope that having a structure like the Inflatable SemiColon will give them a hands on experience to learn about the importance of colorectal screening and early detection of colorectal cancer,” said Thomas Asfeldt, Director of Sanford Cancer Services.
The Sanford Inflatable SemiColon was displayed for a week on the main campus of the hospital. Passersby had the opportunity to suggest names for the colon. More than 250 participated in the naming. "Colin the Colon" was a runner up in the naming of SemiColon.
To find out the next stop for the SemiColon™ or to rent it, call (605) 328-6064.