Posted on December 07, 2015

Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) launched a huge model of the human colon at an event ‘Be a man’ at Katara to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. The model was made in the form of a tunnel where visitors can get inside, and as one progresses through the tunnel, the visitor can see various stages of colorectal cancer as shown on the linings of the colon.

Dana Mansour, a health educator at QCS said: “We organise cancer awareness programmes and this is one among them, as colorectal cancer is one of the top five most common cancers and often not known by people. We thought Katara would be the best place to spread awareness about it as a lot of families gather here. Our activities are mainly for families and children, which include face painting for kids and raffle draw, among others.

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Curves, a leading name in women’s fitness, opened up a stall alongside the model, displaying fitness equipment and urged visitors to try on fitness machines. It also had volunteers supporting the event. “It is the first time in my life I’m hearing about colorectal cancer and I find myself lucky to know about it early. I liked the programme. It was informative and very fun-filled,” said Fatimah, a participant. Sponsors of the event include Aspire Zone, Ooredoo, Katara and Roche.

Colorectal cancer is the development of cancer in the colon or rectum. It affects men and women of all races and tends to be more common among people aged 50 and above. If screened early enough, over half the deaths can be prevented.Colon model highlights colorectal 3 [].jpg