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Colon cancer month rung in with giant inflatable colon

Volunteers work inside of Nolan the Colon to kick off National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. (Sandra Haros/KTAR)

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Health Services kicked off National Colon Cancer Awareness Month on Friday with a special appearance by Nolan the Colon.

"It's a disease that does not discriminate," said Janell Hill with Colon Cancer Alliance, Central Arizona Chapter.

In 2004, Hill, the mother of three young children, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the age of 35.

"They myth is that it is an old man's disease. That's just not true."

According to statistics from the Arizona Department of Health Services, colon cancer is the number two cancer killer right behind lung cancer. When smoking-related cancers are removed from the lung cancer statistics, colon cancer rises to the top.

One-in-20 Arizonans will be diagnosed with this disease and over 970 Arizonans die each year from colorectal cancer.

According to a release from the Colon Cancer Alliance:

Nolan the Colon is a giant inflatable, interactive mega-colon, standing more than at 20' long, 12' high, and 10' wide that is deployed by the Arizona Chapter of the Colon Cancer Alliance to raise awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening. Inside Nolan there are multiple colorectal cancer messaging tools that give people a unique perspective as they walk through and actually see first-hand how a normal healthy colon can change over time into precancerous polyps that then become colorectal cancer.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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