KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The University of Kansas Cancer Center is asking the public for help in recovering an inflatable colon used to teach about the dangers of colon cancer.
The inflatable colon, valued at $4,000, was stolen from a pickup bed parked in Brookside.
“Colorectal cancer screening is the most powerful weapon we have against colorectal cancer,” said Dr. John Ashcraft, an oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center said.
Ashcraft is also co-leader of the cancer prevention and survivorship research program.
“Colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant, 150-pound, ten-foot long inflatable colon is a great conversation starter," Ashcraft said.
The inflatable colon is owned by the Cancer Coalition which hosts walk/run events under a campaign called "Get Your Rear In Gear."
“One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer,” Stacie Moody, local event director said. “Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented with colonoscopy screening.”