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Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center gives advice for healthy colons and screenings

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Find out what a healthy and not-so-healthy colon looks like. Ever take a walk through a colon? Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center is giving you the chance this week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday March 13, through Thursday, March 15.

The Strollin' Colon, an inflatable walk-through replica, will be on display to show people the difference between a healthy colon and one with the polyps that often lead to cancer. There will be an expert on hand to talk about preventative screenings, such as colonoscopies, and other ways to keep your "plumbing" healthy.

Colon cancer causes the second most cancer deaths in the U.S., but Legacy doctors emphasize that colon cancer is highly curable if found and treated early.

A lot of people don't get screened because of the unpleasant preparation often required, concerns about invasiveness and potential risks or costs. It is recommended people get screened at age 50, sooner if a person has symptoms or a family history.

"Our challenge as healthcare providers is to convince our adult patients to participate in a colon screening option for their health," says Harald Schoeppner, a doctor with Legacy Medical Group-Gastroenterology.

The colon will be welcoming visitors to Medical Office Building 4, which sits behind the main hospital on the Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center campus at 24800 S.E. Stark St.

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