How About A Good Cancer Joke?

(4 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

This is an actual preview of a cancer post on a stock message board site:

#### Cancer

Advaxis Requests Orphan Drug Designation for Treatment of HPV-Associated #### Cancer

Even links get the censor treatment if the %$^*^%$ cancer site is mentioned.

And copied research abstracts and papers lose something with certain words included.

The [censored] cancer is anal cancer that is al lowable on this unexpurgated libertarian site.

For certain there is reason to consider “anal cancer” an expletive but I wonder if asshole cancer would pass muster.  It might.  

This is a horrible, horrible cancer but no worse perhaps than pancreatic or brain or melanoma or bone cancer.

The idiot censors are a very bad joke but it is not easy to tell jokes about cancer.  Worse even than patent jokes.

I suspect my keyword “cancer jokes” will be very lonely.

Best,  Terry


  1. TMC

    gets it, that’s when the lid will come off, like Michael Douglas’ HPV related throat cancer.

  2. terryhallinan

    Better she had died of AIDS than the [expletive deleted] cancer it would seem.

    Farrah Fawcett’s Anal Cancer: Fighting the Stigma


    ABC News Medical Unit

    June 27, 2009

    The iconic photo of Farrah Fawcett smiling in a red swimsuit marked her as the face of sexy, natural beauty in the 1970s.

    Now, after her death Thursday at age 62 from anal cancer, her fight against the illness may help give a face to a potentially stigmatizing condition that can be the result of infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection.

    “This does not mean that she was promiscuous,” noted Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of the department of hematology and oncology at Ochsner Clinic Foundation and Hospital in Baton Rouge, La. “It simply means that she, at some point in her life, was probably exposed to the human papilloma virus.”

    Indeed, estimates for the percentage of anal canceros as a result of infection with HPV ranges from 45 to 90 percent. Although the exact cause of anal cancer is not known, the American Cancer Society reports that most anal cancers seem to be linked to HPV infection.

    And HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., is associated with a number of other cancers, including cervical and oral cancers. High risk HPV types accompany about 99 percent of cervical cancer cases.

    Stigma of Anal Cancer Is Promiscuity

    While HPV infection seems to be important in the development of anal cancer, the vast majority of people with HPV infections — about 20 million Americans — do not get anal cancer.


    No professional liars ever lied more nor more successfully nor were more respected than statisticians.  Hang your heads in shame, lawyers.

    How do they get away with it?


    Only some of us equally boring folks who spent most of our professional lives dealing with the lies would know that even an accountant leads a wildly exciting life by comparison.

    What kind of statistic is this:

    estimates for the percentage of anal canceros as a result of infection with HPV ranges from 45 to 90 percent.

    A Mafia bookie with those kind of odds would be quickly rubbed out but the public takes that sort of thing mostly as God’s Own Truth.

    Best,  Terry

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