October 25, 2005
Cancer of the colon and/or rectum is diagnosed in more than 140,000 Americans yearly. "And this isn't a disease limited to the elderly," said Deborah Aaron, MD, Chair of the KGH Cancer Committee and one of the prime movers in bringing Coco to Ketchikan. "About one in nine cases affect people under age 50", Aaron stated.
Photograph by Bob Juechter
Photograph courtesy Ketchikan General Hospital
"The Colossal Colon®" is the creation of Molly McMaster, a colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed on her 23rd birthday, with help and support from Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, NY. The Colossal Colon® is a project of the Colon Club and is dedicated to the memory of Molly's friend, Amanda Sherwood Roberts, who lost her battle with colon cancer at age 27.
The Colossal Colon® was designed and built by Adirondack Scenic, Inc., a custom design and fabrication company. For more information about Molly or about the Colossal Colon® visit www.colossalcolon.com.
Along with the Colossal Colon, the Health Fair will provide free and low-cost screenings, and a new feature this year is the ability to pay via credit card.
Screenings include general blood chemistry for $35. To qualify for this blood test, you must fast for 12 hours, though you SHOULD take your medications and drink plenty of water. A thyroid blood test is available for $30, and for men-a prostate blood test for $25.
Flu shots will be administered to persons over age 14 by staff from the Ketchikan Public Health Center. The cost is $7; or you may show your Medicare Card. The Health Center will also distribute tetanus/diphtheria immunization coupons.
Free screenings include blood pressure, vision, height & weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI).
Health professionals will offer free talks again this year:
As in past years, community agencies and health-related businesses host booths, located in the lower level of the mall, displaying a wide variety of free information, door prizes, and demonstrations. Assistance and health materials are provided as well by Alaska health Fairs, Inc.
There will be no pre-registration
offered, however participants may pick up their Health Fair packets
the week prior to the fair at Ketchikan General Hospital's front
desk, The Ketchikan Public Health Center, or the Plaza Mall's
second floor administrative office.
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