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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


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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