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Polyp Man, aka Warren Larson, protests against colorectal screening outside MeritCare-Bemidji Same Day Surgery. Health care committee members from Bemidji, the Red Lake Nation and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe have organized a series of educational meetings about colorectal cancer screening using humor as a vehicle to open dialog about a difficult subject. Pioneer photo/Molly Miron

Group uses humor to spread cancer prevention message

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Cancer screening can detect early cancer and the polyps that might develop into cancer, but the preparation for the test and the colonoscopy itself are a hard sell. Detected early, colorectal cancer has a 90 percent survival rate.

"We know colon cancer is preventable, and the prevention is screening," said Warren Larson, public policy and community benefit coordinator for MeritCare-Bemidji. "It's a tough message to get across, but dying of colon cancer is miserable."

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