St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor Inflates Giant Walk-Through Colon in Lobby

Mar 13, 2014

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor's lobby was home to a 20-foot inflatable walk-through Super Colon Wednesday to mark National Colorectal Awareness Month.

Dr. Robert K. Cleary, Program Director of Colon and Rectal Surgery at St. Joe's, speaks with a reporter inside the Super Colon.
Dr. Robert K. Cleary, Program Director of Colon and Rectal Surgery at St. Joe's, speaks with a reporter inside the Super Colon.
Credit Bob Eccles

The hospital and the American Cancer Society want the public to know that colon cancer is preventable with proper screening, and it's extremely curable if found early.

St. Joe's President and CEO Rob Casalou says the health system is a major provider of care, both in treatment and screening, and performed over 10,000 colonoscopies last year.

Survival rates for colon cancer are up to nine times higher if found early.

— Bob Eccles is the Ypsilanti beat reporter, and host of All Things Considered for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him reccles@emich.edu. @BobEcclesWEMU on twitter