No photo op please :-)

December 19th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The Prime Minister has listed an invitation to undergo bowel screening as one of the most bizarre he has received in his role as Prime Minister – but he’s giving it a go anyway, saying it is important to highlight the issue.

Mr Key revealed he would go through the bowel screening process when he was asked on the Breeze radio station about the strangest things he had been asked to do for the cameras – although he was quick to add that he did not think it would come with photos.

“I thought in the end I’m 52 and I’m a male, it is a good thing to do and the second thing I thought was it will help promote men’s health awareness.”

I had a test for prostate cancer a few weeks ago, and also a lung x-ray for lung cancer (as I had some potential symptoms, even though I am a non-smoker, 15% of lung cancer patients are non-smokers). When you get into 40s and 50s it really is worth getting yourself checked out more regularly.

But I am glad to see the PM’s screening will not be a photo op :-)

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20 Responses to “No photo op please :-)”

  1. dime (8,751 comments) says:

    Cant they check for prostate cancer via blood test now? rather than jamming a finger up your..

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  2. Elaycee (4,066 comments) says:

    @dime – yes. It’s easy to get bloods done as part of a regular check-up. :)

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  3. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Its not like they are lacking arseholes to check in Wellington is it?

    Yep, bloods took all the fun out of it.

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  4. Carlos (684 comments) says:

    My doctor told me it was best that he use his penis to do my prostate check. I’ll be having a strong word with him. Thank you for clearing things up guys. ;)

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  5. stephieboy (1,120 comments) says:

    My Doctor told me that blood tests for Prostate cancer are still not accurate enough and the best strong indicator like breast and bowel cancer is family history.
    But be well informed of symptoms and signs in all three and see your Doctor promptly for a check up if need be.
    After age 50 a regular visit to your Doctor should be done at least annually for a check up .

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  6. Lance (2,309 comments) says:

    Normally a pretty young women using the finger up ones date would not be such a bad thing.
    But when you have appendicitis and it’s a female doctor it’s more like the red hot poker torture. Takes ALL the fun out of it.

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  7. peterwn (2,933 comments) says:

    prostate – there is some resistance to the PSA (blood) test as there is a significant number of false positives. Out of caution a biopsy (taking of tissue sample – in this case from the prostate) is then required with the most expedient way being to insert the biopsy needle through the wall of the rectum. I suspect DRE (finger up backside) has fallen out of favour despite an American specialist saying that GP’s are good at it and it is very reliable.

    If John Key is being offered a colonscopy, agreed a photo of him with the flexible tube up his backside would not be appropriate, but there would be nothing wrong with publishing the photos or clip taken by the miniature camera (in colour) showing his insides.

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  8. Ed Snack (1,535 comments) says:

    Actually they *should* do both, the blood test for Prostate cancer is not particularly reliable in many cases and checking the size, shape, and “feel” of the prostate gland is still important diagnostically. You can certainly have a low PSA level and still have a developing prostate cancer. Once checked though the PSA is useful because any subsequent changes are more reliable as an indicator.

    Just FWIW, something your own doctor will probably tell you when you are first checked !

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  9. doggone7 (487 comments) says:

    Check the tables for microphones?

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  10. RRM (8,988 comments) says:

    My old man said of his recent digital prostate exam, that the whole experience made the homosexual lifestyle even harder to fathom!

    (For the avoidance of confusion, “digital” means the Doctor sticks his gloved digit in there, not some small subtle electronic device!)

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  11. Peter (1,468 comments) says:

    It’s fine until you feel both of the doctors hands on your hips…..

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  12. peterwn (2,933 comments) says:

    doggone7 – more like check the colonscopy machine for stray video connections – into Bradley Ambrose’s camcorder – ‘oops, I must have plugged the lead into the wrong outlet’.

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  13. KiwiGreg (3,129 comments) says:

    once you’re over 50 you should have a colonoscopy every 5 years. The colonoscopy isn’t unpleasant but the crap you have to drink for 24 hours beforehand is :(

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  14. jaba (2,068 comments) says:

    I had a camera shoved up my arse awhile ago .. not something I would want to do too often (lost about 5kg over night though) but if Key can highlight the issue then go him.

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  15. Maggy Wassilieff (180 comments) says:

    Harden up men! We ladies are expected to endure triennial vaginal speculum check-ups for 50 years…….(from 20-70yrs) . ) If something dodgy is lurking within, then it usually necessitates a steely cold thrill every 6 months or so.

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  16. beautox (406 comments) says:

    Hey David, good job you didn’t have lung cancer … not like you know any chemistry to fall back on ;)

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  18. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Maggy

    Hence “Steely Dan’

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  20. Steve (North Shore) (4,318 comments) says:

    The bowel screening program is a lab test of your faeces. If anything is found, then it is a coloscopy.
    The procedure is not that bad, it is the preparation that is the worst aspect. The jokes will come, but that is only from the childish and immature wankers

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