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Colon display’s return visit set

Will be at Prime Time Senior Center on March 5 for public to see

MAKING A RETURN VISIT — In this file photo taken in June 2019, Janet Sharpe, left, co-chair of the Women in Action Against Cancer Coalition of Jefferson County, walks through a giant inflatable colon as part of a colon cancer awareness display, a collaborative effort involving the James Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Women in Action Against Cancer Coalition of Jefferson County and Trinity Health System. The display will make a return visit on March 5 at the Prime Time Senior Center, 300 Lovers Lane, Steubenville. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — A giant inflatable colon is something area residents can take a walk through while learning about what to do to lower their risk of colon cancer.

The display makes a return visit to the area next month, which is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, explained Janet Sharpe, co-chair of the Women in Action Against Cancer Coalition of Jefferson County.

The coalition, the James Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and Trinity Health System are again partnering to bring the display to the Prime Time Senior Center at 300 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, on March 5.

There will be free guided tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“Walk through this incredible display and learn what you can do to lower your risk of colon cancer,” notes a promotional flier. “Observe up-close visuals of healthy colon tissue, colorectal diseases and stages of colorectal cancer.”

“We had originally brought it in on June 19, 2019, and decided since March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, we would do it again,” noted Sharpe, who can be contacted for information by phone at (740) 632-1144 or by e-mail to janetsharpe@yahoo.com.

“We will be providing a healthy snack and water,” Sharpe said of the event. The Prime Time Senior Center will make lunch available that day for $1, but participants must call Prime Time at (740) 314-5197 by March 2 to reserve lunch.

“We also will be doing the initial sign-up to qualify people for a free colonoscopy,” Sharpe explained.

Eligibility for those in need of a free colonoscopy include the following:

– Over 50 years of age or 40 years of age with other risk factors;

– No health insurance;

– No screening colonoscopy within the last 10 years; and

– First come, first served.

For consideration, call (740) 266-7100 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The cutoff for calls will be March 13.

Last year, a total of 116 community members were provided a guided tour, according to Sharpe.

That included 44 males, 72 females, 12 people under 50 and 104 older than 50.

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