RIP today’s KisPSA

A health board in Washington state has reversed itself and voted against endorsing a colon cancer awareness campaign that uses billboards saying…


  1. apotheosis
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm |

  2. John A
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm |

    Well, OK, not very nice in a “sugar and spice” way. But then, neither is the procedure – or the need for it. At least there was an attempt at humor which I found acceptable, unfortunately not the norm for “Public Service” advertisements which too often go for unalloyed scaremongerng. Pulling it from use is silly and counterproductive.

    No doubt some people who complained it was “offensive” are in favor of the proposal to place sick and sick-making pics on cigarette packs. Which was tried for a while in the UK, but stopped because of the unfortunate side effect that kids who were otherwise not tempted bought such packs to collect and trade the pictures.

  3. mojo
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm |

    “Besides your head, I mean…”

  4. Posted May 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm |

    Well, since you asked…

    ♫… four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves… and a Co-lon-os-co-py!…♫

  5. Posted May 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm |

    Last time I had this “simple test” it was over $4000 out of pocket (I have a high deductible policy and hadn’t met that deductible yet). It was impossible to do any comparison shopping because no one – NO ONE – will give you a price for services. Even my own insurance company wouldn’t tell me what the procedure “should” cost beforehand.

    So it isn’t the colonoscopy that’s the pain in the ass…it’s the red tape and inflated prices. And since the procedure can save lives, everything that makes it harder to get surely costs lives.

  6. MCPO
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm |

    Colon cancer kills more people every year than breast cancer. Where is my 10K?

  7. Posted May 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm |

    I dunno what it is about Warshington, butt they sure are into the pee-pee and the poo-poo…


  8. blindshooter
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm |

    Oh no, here is another reminder I’m due for another one this year. The procedure is nothing compared to the “prep”.

    And yes, paying for it is tough, the place I go is not in my network so I get to cough up 40%. I would rather pay that than have just any yahoo stick a garden hose up my ass just because he will do it cheaper for the insurance company than somebody that knows what they are doing.

  9. Posted May 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |

    Too bad. I think that would be a very effective ad.

  10. geezerette
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm |

    Hate the prep. you get good drugs and go na nite during–

  11. Caged Insanity
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm |

    Won’t be long before they get rid of the “good drugs” and just do the procedure while you are awake.
    The primary difference is that instead of “MD” on the guys name tag, it will say TSA

  12. geezerette
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm |

    They used to– bend you in half head hanging down butt in the air on a treatment table and insert the telephone pole–than run the camera further if need be– no drugs–I know– water boarding aint got nothing on that—

  13. blindshooter
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm |

    geezerette, I’ve had two flexible sigmoidscopy(sp?) in the past. NO drugs. To say it was uncomfortable is a huge understatement. I squealed like a little girl when I won’t trying to run away. I flat out told the Doc after the last one that I would never let that happen to me ever again. The drugs are definitely the way to go, hell I don’t even remember how I got home after the last one.

  14. Snuffy Smith
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm |

    Just don’t post that in Little Frisco, er… “Lympia”

  15. Caged Insanity
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm |

    Ever get the feeling that the technology used for colonoscopies is deliberately being stagnated because the current proceedure is about as humiliating as it could possibly be?

  16. SondraK, naughty naughty bad wingnut
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm |

    ^They can put a man on the moon…………..

  17. mech
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm |

    MIne wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be, though the preparation was unexpectedly unpleasant.

    However, why does ‘good’ advertising have to push beyond the limits of reasonably good taste? Consider those who so quickly resort to profanity instead of more creative expressions of their thoughts. But that’s libville for ya.

  18. Posted May 26, 2011 at 7:49 pm |

    blindshooter: “NO drugs.”

    Ouch. (Literally)

    There’s a note in my Dr’s office that says that not all insurance will pay the anesthesiologist. That’s dumb. Next thing we know, they won’t pay for the dentist’s lidocaine. And it won’t be long before we have to have open-heart surgery with nothing except a bullet to bite. (Why is it always a bullet?)

    Sorta like the 1850s.

    mech: “push beyond the limits of reasonably good taste? ”

    Because some people are so dumb you have to hit them with a brick or two.

    How ’bout they show pictures of people with colostomy bags?

  19. logdogsmith
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm |

    This looked like as good a place as any to drop this one:

  20. Chuck from Tacoma
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm |

    Dr drove his 55 Buick up my donkey a couple of months ago and found and removed 6 pulips. I have a color pitcher of the things before he cut them out if anybody wants to see ‘em.
    I must admit that i was glad he used the Buick and left the Kenworth at home that day.

    But get the test done. 4 grand for a test is still a better deal than the cost of a quality funeral.

  21. Claire: dirty, dirty wingnut
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm |

    yeah… don’t ask the question if’n ya don’t wanna know the answer.

    Logdog — that’s what rocksalt is for… IYKWIMAITTYD

  22. TheOldMan
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm |

    @Chuck Quality funerals are cheap: a bed of very dry oak, some gasoline soaked rags, and a match. Or drop me off at the local medical school. If that’s too much bother, a dumpster will do fine. I’m dead, I’m obviously not using my corpse.
    Anyway I have had two visits to Dr. Butt, lots of polyps cut out, looked like a mushroom forest in there, have to go again in a few months to make sure they are not growing back very quickly. The prep is not a big deal, grab a magazine or newspaper and sit on the can for an hour or so. Pleasant? No, but compared to what women go through annually and when delivering babies, it’s nothing.