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Too big to miss, Bowel Cancer Australia’s Big Bowel touring Tasmania

Bowel Cancer Australia

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For the first time in history, the Big Bowel is coming to Tasmania as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (June 1 – 30).

Bowel Cancer Australia is pleased to announce that they are bringing the Big Bowel to Tasmania, joined by representatives from the Tasmanian Health Service and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

The Big Bowel Tour is designed to raise bowel cancer awareness, promote bowel cancer screening participation, and share information about diet and lifestyle changes which visitors can make to reduce their bowel cancer risk.

“Visitors can explore the various stages of bowel cancer by walking through the larger than life three-dimensional bowel, where they’ll see examples of healthy tissue, pre-cancerous polyps, advanced polyps and a cancerous tumour,” said Bowel Cancer Australia Health Promotion Officer Poorna Prakash.

International research of similar exhibits overseas has shown visitors are more likely to participate in screening following a Big Bowel tour because of the exhibit’s ability to show in a memorable way what bowel cancer is ‘treatable and beatable’ when detected early.

The visually engaging Big Bowel exhibit is 7 metres in length and 2.6 metres high, with a three-dimensional interior featuring giant polyps, early stage and advanced stage bowel cancer as well as colitis and Crohn’s Disease.

“For local residents, it’s all about small actions which can lead to a big movement for bowel cancer,” Ms Prakash said.

Described by previous visitors as a “simple and fun way to effectively educate people about bowel cancer” that was “very awesome and very well done,” Bowel Cancer Australia's Big Bowel is something you won’t want to miss!

The Big Bowel will be open to visitors from 10am to 2pm on the following days:

Saturday, 2 June

Salamanca Lawn
Salamanca Place, Hobart

Sunday, 3 June

Bunnings Warehouse
20 Howard Road, Glenorchy

Monday, 4 June 

Calvary Healthcare Tasmania
49 Augusta Road, Lenah Valley 

Tuesday, 5 June

Bunnings Warehouse
Lindsay Street & Goderich Street, Newnham 

Thursday, 7 June 

Bunnings Warehouse
1/5 Reeves Street, South Burnie