GPs use inflatable colon to spread cancer message

A huge inflated model of a human colon will be erected in surgery car parks across Sheffield to encourage more people to be checked for signs of bowel cancer.

(L-R) Lana Beatson, Sloane Medical Practice receptionist and Dr Marion Sloan inside the inflatable replica colon
(L-R) Lana Beatson, Sloane Medical Practice receptionist and Dr Marion Sloan inside the inflatable replica colon

People can walk through the inflated structure to find out more about how the digestive system works.

The DoH recently launched its Be Clear On Cancer campaign, backed by £8.5m.

All patients in England aged 60-69 are invited for screening every two years, but in parts of Sheffield just 30% take part.

Dr Marion Sloan, a partner in the Sloan Medical Practice, part of Central Sheffield GP Consortium, said: 'We want everyone to be aware of why it’s important that all those who are eligible take the test. The message is very clear - this test could save your life.'

The model will be inflated in the car parks of Sheffield practices throughout September.

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