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DiceMaster24 karma

Besides friends and family, what did you miss most about Earth when you were in space?

DiceMaster21 karma

This is a great question, and I hope OP answers. Just my two cents:

I think the influence of a book like this, at least in the best case, extends far beyond just the individuals who read it. If the book is well-written, people who are interested in the pursuit of truth, fairness, and justice will read it and arm themselves with ways of both seeing through disinformation when it is presented to them, as well as ways of promoting good information when they speak to others.

If the book only addresses how to recognize disinformation, but falls short on how to reach others with quality information, it will not be a very useful book, in my eyes.

DiceMaster19 karma

We are of one mind, my spacefaring friend

DiceMaster5 karma

I am definitely not a doctor, researcher, healthcare journalist, or other expert. That being said, my brother just got through dealing with a very serious case of colon cancer that they caught just before it was likely to metastasize. He was 28. I present that anecdote, not to make you more anxious or as any kind of argument, but as background for why this issue is important to me. So here are a few notes that I want to add:

You are right that colon cancer is still predominantly contracted by older adults, but the median age is shifting younger quite rapidly. The percentage of colon cancer cases under 50 has risen from 4% in 1990 to 11%1. For rectal cancer, people under 50 make up 18% of cases2.

If you are under 45 and don't have symptoms or risk factors, you should absolutely not be worried about colon cancer. However, if you have a family history of colon cancer, or if you have symptoms, you should not wait until you are 45 to get your first colonoscopy.

Something I just learned while researching this comment: black people have dramatically higher rates of both incidence of and death from colon cancer1, again. So if you're black, that might be another reason to consider early testing. I believe obesity is also a risk factor. In either of these cases, you should have a conversation with your doctor about your risk factors and how to deal with the risk.

On a final note, I think people stress because they think colonoscopies are bad. They really aren't. I had my second one this morning. I am a guy who likes to eat, so a clear-liquid diet for a day and a half is no fun, but you find something to distract yourself and you get through it. TV helps. The laxatives work their course fairly painlessly, though again, the time commitment is no one's favorite. You're asleep for the procedure, so that is also painless. Again, if you are young and have no risk factors, there's no need to get a superfluous colonoscopy or stress about it. Neither should someone be worried about a once-a-year, merely-inconvenient-and-not-painful procedure.

Ok, I lied, this is the last thing. If you are at risk for colon cancer, it turns out taking a baby aspirin every day reduces polyp growth by something ridiculous-- I believe as high as 50%. DO NOT start taking medicine because some guy on reddit told you to, but if you are at risk, ask your doctor about it. At 24, I had polyps in my first colonoscopy. At 26, I credit my no-polyps in my second colonoscopy to taking those baby aspirin.

tl;dr: Know your risk factors. Don't worry about colon cancer if you have no risk factors or symptoms. If you have risk factors or symptoms, also don't worry, but know the (very easy) steps that are going to give you good reason not to worry.

DiceMaster5 karma

When you say "category overview packet", do you just mean a packet explaining the categories in case you've never watched the show? Or does it give you an idea in advance of what might be in your specific taping?