Off the Beaten Track

At the various ports of entry to Cancerland, where paperwork and formalities are taken care of, there tend to be racks of literature promoting the various provinces: What You Need to Know about Colorectal Cancer, What You Need to Know about Oral Cancer, What You Need to Know about Prostate Cancer, all that sort of thing.

There seem, however, not to be any travel brochures for Esophageal Cancer.  Clearly, the place is a backwater, not on very many itineraries, and could use a much more active Ministry of Tourism.

I am biased, of course, but I frankly don’t see that Esophageal Cancer has fewer attractions than, say, Breast Cancer, which is among the top destinations.   It may have something to do with the sorting process, with people preferring the mammogram to the endoscopy.  And, yes, certainly the mammogram is less intrusive.

But, hey, there’s something about a fiber-optic snake down your food-pipe.  Or so I think anyway.

Published in: on March 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Your acknowledgement of material is correct. Which puzzles me.

    Speaking purely from a women’s point of view, the mammogram may well be less intrusive. But, it is the equivalent to smashing your thumbs in a vice. I’ve often considered some warm up training when heading for this destination. Say, visit your garage at 3 am when the temperature of the cement floor is just perfect. Take off your clothes and lie comfortably on the floor with one breast wedged under the rear tire of the car. Ask a friend to slowly back the car up until your breast is sufficiently flattened and chilled. Turn over and repeat for the other breast.

    This attraction may be the top destinations, but I’m thinking it may have been developed by some form of torture techniques‘.


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