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Stolen colon update: KU Cancer Center offers $1,000 reward

Tour the colon with KU Cancer Center doctors

The Cancer Coalition ships this inflatable colon across the country for walkers and runners to see and learn about the progression of colon cancer in a unique way.
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The Cancer Coalition ships this inflatable colon across the country for walkers and runners to see and learn about the progression of colon cancer in a unique way.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center says there’s now $1,000 available for anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the return of a giant inflatable colon.

The traveling colon, a public awareness tool valued at $4,000, was stolen from the back of a pickup truck in the Brookside area Oct. 18. It belongs to the Colon Cancer Coalition.

“Colorectal cancer screening is the most powerful weapon we have against colorectal cancer,” said John Ashcraft, a surgical oncologist at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. “Colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant, 150 pound, 10-foot-long inflatable colon is a great conversation starter.”

The American Society of Gastroenterology donated the reward money for the stolen colon. Those with information about it are asked to contact Officer William Richter with the Kansas City Police Department at 816-581-0752.

Meanwhile, KU said lab testing giant Quest Diagnostics is donating funds for a new colon.

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