The inflatable colon allows visitors to walk through and explore the various stages of the gut
A giant inflatable colon is coming to the Outer Hebrides as NHS Western Isles are planning bowel screening promotion throughout the Western Isles in November.
The Giant Inflatable Colon is a walk-through large scale replica of the human colon or bowel that allows visitors to learn about the various stages of their gut, bowel cancer and other diseases of the large intestine.
It helps to breakdown the taboos surrounding the disease, and provides a focal point, putting an animated twist on the very serious topic of bowel cancer whilst easing anxiety and opening the door to a more relaxed and enlightening discussion that can save lives.
Bowel screening uptake across the Western Isles has increased over time but at around 58%, still less than three in five residents take up the invitation to be screened.
Invitations and kits are sent to men and women between the ages of 50-74 years for screening every two years.
November’s bowel screening events are being held in four locations across the Western Isles and people will also have the opportunity to see the actual bowel screening kit and ask questions to local NHS Western Isles staff.
Please come along and find out more within your area. The Giant Inflatable Colon will be available at:
• 14th November 2017: Barra - Castlebay Hall from 10am-2pm
• 15th November 2017: Benbecula - Balivanich Hall from 10am–2pm and 4.30pm-6.30pm
• 16th November 2017: Harris - Talla na Mara from 10.30am-2pm
• 16th November 2017: Lewis – St. Columba’s Hall, Lewis Street from 5pm–8pm
• 17th November 2017: Lewis - St. Columba’s Hall, Lewis Street from 9am–12pm
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. For approximately every 650 people invited for regular screening, one bowel cancer death will be prevented.
Every year, almost 4,000 people in Scotland are diagnosed with the disease, around 25 of those in the Western Isles.
But if bowel cancer is detected early enough through screening, there is a 90% chance of treating the disease successfully.