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A boy stands inside the Super Colon, an 8-foot tall, 20-foot long, interactive replica of a human colon during Community Colon Cancer Prevention Day at the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health  March 15, 2005 in New York City. The Super Colon shows people first-hand what colorectal polyps and cancer look like compared to healthy colon tissue. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, yet it is 90% preventable and treatable if detected early. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Adventures In Colonland

In cities across America, parents and children crawl through a playground of polyps and colon tissue in an effort to gain a better understanding of colorectal cancer.

NFL Hall of Famer and ex-Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale, diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002, credits his wife for helping him cope with the disease. Thanks to her encouragement to get a colonoscopy, doctors were able to remove a cancerous polyp along with a section of his colon. The surgery saved his life. (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Famous People With Colon Cancer

Several well-known figures have been hit with colorectal cancer, some becoming survivors and others falling to the aggressive disease.

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