Providence Alaska to host 'Nolan the Colon' as part of cancer awareness event

March 28, 2017

Statewide effort promotes early detection, distributes screening kits

Anchorage, Alaska – Providence Alaska Medical Center will host “Nolan the Colon,” a giant inflatable colon, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at the Providence Health Park Healing Arts Alcove.

The event is part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and the statewide “80 percent by 2018” effort, which aims to increase colorectal cancer screenings for people over 50 to 80 percent by the year 2018. This is a collaborate effort between Providence, the American Cancer Society, and Alaska Department of Health & Social Services.

In addition to being able to view and walk through Nolan, Providence caregivers will be available to answer questions about the risk of colorectal cancer and distribute free screening kits to people who meet specific criteria.

“By increasing awareness, our hope is those people who are most at-risk will get screened. Screening is the best way to prevent colorectal cancer,” said Amy Myers, APRN, CMS, director of Digestive Health at Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Everyone at the age of 50 should start screening, but other populations – such as Alaska Natives and people with a history of colorectal cancer in their family – should get screened earlier.”

  • Who:              Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • What:             Nolan the Colon education event
  • When:            11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 30         
  • Where:           Providence Health Park, Healing Arts Alcove
                           3851 Piper St., Anchorage