Residents will have a rare opportunity Wednesday to walk through a giant inflatable colon at Geisinger Community Medical Center.

The free event, designed to bring awareness to the importance of early detection and preventive screenings for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, will allow visitors to walk through the large inflatable model to see the full anatomy of the colon, including how polyps can form.

Geisinger officials will be on hand to talk about colorectal cancer risk factors and the importance of early detection. Visitors may also schedule their colonoscopy appointment at the event, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital’s lobby.

When caught in its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer is more than 90%. To learn more about colorectal cancer and risk factors, visit

— Jeff Horvath;; 570-348-9141