Giant inflatable colon helping spread word about cancer prevention

Giant inflatable colon helping spread word about cancer prevention

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Health District is working to educate people about the dangers of colon cancer, how easy it is to prevent and treat, and are using a giant inflatable colon to get their message across.

The only way to stay on top of colon cancer is to get screened and the important thing to remember is there really is no need to be embarrassed about getting screened.

"This disease shouldn't be happening," Anita Mitchell, a stage four colon cancer survivor, said.

Mitchell's non-profit organization, Colon Cancer Stars, is working toward an 80-percent screening rate among men and women 50 and over by 2018.

"We could save so many lives, over 50,000 people a year die of colon cancer and that is just not acceptable," she said.

"There's no excuse not to have a screening there is no excuse not to have insurance to take care of yourself," Bethany Osgood with United Health Care said.

United Health Care works with the health district to connect people with the right plan as open enrollment to buy a plan closes soon.

"Get online to check and see if you qualify for insurance and this insurance allows more people than ever to get these life saving screenings," Osgood said.

Osgood said most plans completely cover screenings and most co-pays. If not the health district has programs to help. Click here for more information.