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An FOBT is a simple test, but it can make some people queasy.
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With greeting cards featuring tableaus of fishing, golfing and barbecuing with Dad, I can't help missing my father-in-law and feeling the void of his absence. I try to look back with fondness at all the great memories he made with my family, but the pain stings and I'm left feeling bitter that he was taken too soon.
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Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second most common cause of death from cancer in Canada. It is a highly treatable cancer if it is detected early. Yet, half the people diagnosed will find out too late and most people don't even bother to get tested.
When you read that processed meat has "Grade 1" status, just like cigarette smoking, arsenic, or asbestos, it just means that the WHO is confident in the relationship between processed meat and cancer - NOT that processed meat is as likely to cause cancer as cigarette smoking is.
Bottoms up, push for your tush, get your butt seen, and get behind your behind: Colon cancer organizations have tried every cheeky trick in the book with their campaigns aimed at convincing Canadians to submit to colonoscopy screening -- considered the gold standard for the detection of colon cancer. And still, people don't do them.
When was the last time you talked with your friends and family about your poop? At a young age, we are primed not to discuss our bowel habits. People are ashamed to take the extended bathroom break at work and even more so, discuss important topics like colon cancer screening. This has to change!
I know you are all on virtual tenterhooks about the state of my colon, so here is the report: As I was lying on the skinny hospital bed on wheels, slowly rising out of the anesthesia, the curtain parted and in floated the angel of the Lord. The angel saith (in a New Orleans accent): "Your doctor messed up. He ripped you a new anal cavity."