OK Maggie, here's what I came up with and it came to me within the first mile. As you so succinctly pointed out my colon analogy was somewhat flawed so try this on for size. I get a checkup every year where the doc feels up my testicles, dick and prostate. Maybe I should just have all that stuff removed and then I would never get those cancers which are all very common in men especially as we get older. Now here's your hat, there's the door, don't let it hit you in the derrière on your way out of here. HA! :lol:
Oh, yeah, like that'd happen. :rofl
Do you know that a significant number of men die each year because they opt for more conservative prostate cancer treatment? Because they won't risk the surgical option for fear of loss of USE of some of those appendages you speak of? They can have prostate cancer!
And STILL they will opt for the conservative treatments. In some cases, it makes sense. The younger the man at diagnosis? The less sense it makes.
238,000 men will get diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. (29,000 will die)
7,900 men will get diagnosed with testicular cancer this year. (370 will die)
1,290 men will get diagnosed with cancer of the penis this year. (310 will die)
1 in 8 women will contract breast cancer in their lives. BRAC1 and BRAC2 gene abnormalities put those women at MUCH higher risk than one in eight.
300,000 women will get diagnosed with breast cancer this year. (40,000 will die)
Do you see a difference?