Medically speaking, there's nothing funny about a rectal exam. We use it to check for an enlarged prostate and rectal bleeding. But the moment I don a pair of disposable gloves, many people get embarrassed.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Canada. Yet many of us are mortified at the thought of getting checked you know where. A few years ago, the Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative Foundation had an awareness campaign to encourage Canadians to get tested. Their slogan? 'Don't Die of Embarrassment.'
Tomorrow, WCBA devotes an entire show to what we call unmentionables. They range from perfectly natural bodily functions to behaviours you wish no one ever found out about -- including us.
That's Saturday, November 21 at 10 am (1030 am NT), with rebroadcast Monday November 23 at 11:30 am (3:30 pm NT) on CBC Radio One.