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strollin_colon.jpgThe Capitol plays frequent host to protests and press conferences, but one thing is sure to capture the attention of even the most battle-hardened Sacramento veterans: an inflatable walk-through colon.

Curious onlookers from both inside and outside the Capitol building stopped by the Strollin' Colon on the north steps Monday to learn about the screening process for colorectal cancer and maybe take their picture with a giant pink polyp.

The display, sponsored by pharmaceutical company Sanofi Oncology, was intended to raise awareness for colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

"We've done a lot of teaching here," said Lisa Hullinger, a nurse and educator with Sanofi who takes the Strollin' Colon around Northern California, "and at least gotten some people who weren't gonna be screened maybe to think about it a little bit stronger."

PHOTO: Lisa Hullinger, left, of Sanofi Oncology, educates visitors to the Strollin' Colon about colorectal cancer. The Sacramento Bee/Alexei Koseff



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