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Arizona Cancer Center Welcomes the Super Colon

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Visitors can learn the importance of colorectal cancer prevention by walking through the free exhibit

The Super Colon, an 8-foot-tall, 20-foot-long replica of a human colon, is headed to the Arizona Cancer Center Monday, March 3, in recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Super Colon zigzags across the country, serving as an educational tool to teach the importance of colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer is 90 percent preventable and successfully treated 90 percent of the time when detected early, yet it remains a leading cause of cancer deaths.

The Arizona Cancer Center and UMC will also present an "Ask the Doctor" Session from 10:30 a.m. to noon on March 3. Experts from the Arizona Cancer Center will discuss the latest information on colorectal cancer research, prevention, screening, and therapy and will answer questions from the audience.

WHAT: The Super Colon is an incredible, inflatable, interactive colon that teaches people about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer. As visitors walk through the Super Colon, they get a close-up look at healthy tissue, tissue with non-malignant colorectal diseases, as well as tissue with various stages of colorectal cancer.

WHERE: Arizona Cancer Center, Peter and Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic at UMC North, 3838 N. Campbell Drive, Tucson, Ariz.

WHEN: Monday, March 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Ask the Doctor" Session from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The national 2008 Super Colon Tour will land in Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; and Omaha, NE, among other cities, during the year. The Super Colon is graciously sponsored by sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC.

The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is cancer prevention and early detection through research, education and community outreach to all populations, including children and the underserved. For more information about the Super Colon, visit www.preventcancer.org .

The Arizona Cancer Center is the state's premier National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. With primary locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and in Scottsdale, the Center has more than a dozen research and education offices throughout the state and 300 physician and scientist members working to prevent and cure cancer. For more information, go to www.arizonacancercenter.org

University Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for the UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. It consistently ranks among the best 50 hospitals in the nation for the medical care of cancer patients, according to US News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals in America survey. In 2007, University Medical Center opened the Arizona Cancer Center, Peter and Paula Fasseas Cancer Clinic at UMC North, 3838 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson. To make an appointment to see a cancer specialist, please call (520) 694-CURE (2873). For more information, go to www.umcarizona.org


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