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The Colorectal Cancer Alliance and Bayer are teaming up again for the Big Colon Tour, which brings a mega-sized inflatable colon to Undy RunWalks and other events around the country, in an effort to start conversations about colorectal cancer.

Visitors to the inflatable colon find human-sized polyps—cellular growths that can turn into cancer—Crohn’s disease, and malignant masses, along with written information. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in the United States.

“The big colon starts conversations about colorectal cancer that otherwise may never happen,” said Nancy Butterfield, Director of Patient and Family Support at the Alliance. “Getting people to ask themselves and their families how this disease could impact them is the No. 1 reason we’re out there. This is a gateway to saving lives.”

About 140,000 will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year, the American Cancer Society predicts, and an increasing number of those cases, about 11%, will be in people younger than 50. Scientists aren’t sure why more young people are getting cancer, but the Alliance is funding research to find out.

Doctors recommend screening for colorectal cancer begin at 50 for average-risk people (45 for African Americans). Symptoms of colorectal cancer, which should be brought to the attention of a doctor immediately, include a change in bowel habits, persistent abdominal discomfort, rectal bleeding, and weakness or fatigue.

"It's critical to raise awareness of risk factors of colorectal cancer as well as signs of disease progression. We're proud to support the efforts of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance," said Joseph Germino, MD., Bayer's vice president of Medical Affairs, Oncology.

Signage inside the inflatable colon

Colorectal cancer is unique in that it is largely preventable with appropriate screening. Increased public awareness of this disease will encourage early detection and timely treatment, educate patients of proper treatment options, and up turn funding for research nationwide.

Upcoming stops on the Big Colon Tour, formally called the National Colorectal Cancer Education Tour, with Bayer include:    


7th Annual Team Britton Golf Tournament

Knoxville, TN

June 17


University of Rochester 5K

Geneseo, NY

June 19


Digestive Disease Week Conference

Washington, DC

June 1


Cancer Survivor’s Day at CMHS Health

Ventura, CA

June 1


2018 Chicago Undy RunWalk

Chicago, IL

June 2


Grown Up Games Field Day Event

Round Rock, TX

June 9


2018 Portland Undy RunWalk

Portland, OR

June 16


2018 Denver Undy RunWalk  

Denver, CO

June 23


2018 Jersey Shore Undy RunWalk

Long Branch, NJ

July 14


Dana Farber Jimmy Fund 5K and Fun Run

West Roxbury, MA

July 22


2018 Nashville Undy RunWalk  

Nashville, TN

August 18


2018 Philadelphia Undy RunWalk

Philadelphia, PA

September 8  


2018 Pittsburgh Undy RunWalk

Pittsburgh, PA

September 16  


2018 Detroit Undy RunWalk  

Detroit, MI

September 22


2018 NYC Undy RunWalk

Roosevelt Island, NY

September 22


2018 Cleveland Undy RunWalk

Cleveland, OH

September 29


2018 Cincinnati Undy RunWalk

Cincinnati, OH

October 6  


2018 DFW Undy RunWalk

Arlington, TX

October 10


Winship Win the Fight 5K Run/Walk at Emory University

Atlanta, GA

October 14


2018 Atlanta Undy RunWalk

Atlanta, GA

October 27


2018 Phoenix Undy RunWalk

November 17


The Ruesch Center 9th Annual Symposium

Washington, DC

November 30


Miles for Moffitt at the University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

December 8


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