The inflatable colon is an entertaining, educational aid and promises to be a hit at any community or
corporate activity! HCB2 uses their “Strolling Colon” to raise the level of conversation about colorectal
cancer and early detection options!
The “Can We Talk?” initiative pre-screens community members’ risk for colorectal cancer and the additional
materials offers education which raises the level of knowledge regarding colon health. HCB2 is able to offer
this service FREE within the Richmond, VA area and to the surrounding counties within a 45 mile radius!
Each year we will award the HCB2 “Can We Talk?” scholarship to
a graduating senior in Chesterfield County who has created a
public service announcement (PSA) to educate young people
about colon health and colorectal cancer prevention. The winning
video or images will be used for one year as a part of HCB2’s
social media campaign. For more information regarding this
opportunity, please watch our scholarship video.
Colorectal cancer rates are rising among younger people, butt it
doesn’t have to stay that way! Your skills will help to grow our
efforts to alert and educate people in the community. This
scholarship is a great opportunity to leave a lasting
impression among your peers as you move from high school
and into the next chapter of your life.
HCB2’s Colorectal Cancer Screening includes support and education for
community members and Free FIT Screenings in the community!
Through this initiative, HCB2’s original collaboration with the Health
Brigade created a model which broke down some of the barriers that
many in the uninsured population face in taking appropriate and timely
action against colorectal cancer.
HCB2 expanded their funding of FIT Screening services outside the Central Virginia area in 2020. By 2021, nine clinic sites partner with us to expand patient access to timely screening.
What are the first steps in colorectal cancer prevention?
HCB2 has the following quick tips:
Screening saves lives. Many cancers, such as colon cancer, are treatable and beatable if
discovered early. Many times there are no symptoms in the early stages when a screen can
detect an issue. However, chronic constipation, changes in bowel habits, blood in stools, thin
stools are all signals of gastric distress and need to be addressed by a doctor. Talk with your
doctor about the FIT screening tool – a simple, noninvasive test completed in the privacy of your
We are learning more about how genetics plays a role in our health every year. Talk with your
parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, if this is an option, and discuss the past histories of
relatives. Many cancers are related to one another so it’s important to understand if your body
might be vulnerable to cancerous tumors. For example, risk of colon cancer is 2-3x higher
when a first degree relative is diagnosed. It may be in your best interest to get screened at
earlier or more frequent intervals if you have a family history.
Cancer cells will thrive in an inflamed, low oxygenated environment. If
we continue to eat processed foods filled with poor quality fats (all “vegetable” oils), sugar,
sugar substitutes, chemicals and preservatives that our bodies are not wired to breakdown and
eliminate, then we are creating an inflamed, acidic, toxic environment within the body where
cancer can flourish!
Lack of exercise will create a low oxygenated body where cancer can multiply. Moving the
body stimulates the lymphatic system which helps to transport toxins out of the body. The
lymphatic system is only stimulated during muscle contraction or manual manipulation.
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