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Billboard About Hot Dogs & Cancer Might Make You Lose Your Lunch

by Jacqueline Burt on March 14, 2012 at 11:52 PM

hot dogsHey, I know what! Let's see who can come up with the least appetizing-sounding disease. Well of course, no diseases sound delicious, but I'm just saying: LEAST appetizing. I'll go first, ready? Okay, here goes: Butt cancer.

I win, right? Like, you're not even going to bother, are you? I expected as much.

So did the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Chicago-based non-profit nutrition advocacy group. That's why they chose "butt cancer" over "colorectal cancer" when they decided to put up a billboard warning against the risks of processed meats.

Hey, they made their point. Not many people can drive past a billboard with a message like this:

"Hot dogs cause butt cancer: Processed meats increase colorectal cancer risks."

And keep their lunch date at the Chili Dawg Shack!

Look, I get that some people think the billboard was crass and offensive. That's because it's supposed to be. Judging by this country's problems with obesity and heart disease and diabetes, I think it's safe to say that Americans don't really respond all that well to subtleties. Or even ... I don't know, whatever the halfway point between subtle and knock-you-over-the-head obvious is.

Because it's not like the link between junk food and ill health is breaking news anymore. There isn't a single human being who can use "Well, nobody told me!" as an excuse for living on fast food. So maybe it's time we start busting out the big guns of gross: BUTT CANCER.

Pretty hard to ignore. NO ifs, ands or butts about it.

Do you think the billboard about hot dogs and butt cancer went too far?


Image via rob_rob2001/Flickr


Filed Under: cancer, diets, nutrition, obesity


  • Skyhook


    March 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM
    I love hot dogs. I don't eat them often enough to worry about butt cancer.

    Pretty soon, scientists are going to conclude that shoving things up your butt gives you cancer. That to me would be a bigger factor in butt cancer than eating food.

    So, when having butt sex is declared a cause of butt cancer, remember, I called it.
  • Mandago


    March 15, 2012 at 4:22 AM
    When my husband and I first started dating, he would tell me stories about how his dad's wife cooked hot dogs for dinner every night. I thought he was exaggerating, but four years into our relationship my father-in-law was diagnosed with rectal cancer. His wife was diagnosed a month later. The moral of this story is: hot dogs cause butt cancer.
  • mdw
    -- Nonmember comment from


    March 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM
    makes me never wanna eat a hotdog again! SKYHOOK-hilarious!
  • Loref...


    March 15, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Skyhook, I think you might not understand how the human body works. Unless whatever you are putting in your butt is carcinogenic, then it is unlikely to cause butt cancer. 

    That said, occasional hot dogs or other processed meat shouldn't hurt anything. Some people eat that crap all the time, and those are the people that this billboard was designed to target.

  • Skyhook


    March 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM
    Lorefield, that's enough.

    Everyone, she's been private messaging me about my views on the new Texas sonogram law.

    The things she's said to me are disturbing and threatening.

    She actually told me that I deserve to die, just because of my views.

    Please leave me alone Lorefield. I have asked you multiple times already, but you just won't stop.

    Get a life and stop sending me messages.

  • Loref...


    March 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Skyhook, you have a real problem. You are quite confused about who is privately messaging and harassing who. You are a creepy stalker, and a hateful, immature person. 

    I'm sorry if you are so freaked out by someone responding to your comment on a PUBLIC board, but I think for the best of everyone, you should get off the internet and into some counseling.

    If you persist in your harassment of me through private emails on this site, I will have no choice but to report you, whatever good that will do. I won't email you back, so stop emailing me NOW. I will not stay out of the blogs and comments though. If you are too immature to handle a calm and reasonable conversation then you need to take a break.

    Sorry everyone else who thought they might have a conversation about hot dogs and cancer. There is just no accounting for people with no sense. 

  • Jd
    -- Nonmember comment from


    March 15, 2012 at 3:25 PM
    Im posting anon cuz I wanna say that Lorefield has messages me before too to say mean things and harass me. She is crazy.
  • Loref...


    March 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Ok Skyhook, maybe I wasn't specific enough the FIRST 3 TIMES I told you to stop emailing me. You have sent me 9 harassing, crazy assed emails since yesterday. You need to stop. I will NOT reply to you in email. I asked you to stop emailing me yesterday in a public area, it is documented.

    YOU, and your "husband" and any other family members who might want to log into your account and harass me? STOP. 

    And adding a non-member comment to "back up" your story? Just makes you look crazier. 

  • Loref...


    March 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Never mind, easy fix! I found the Block User button. Don't even think of emailing me with another profile you stalker creep.

  • prplecat


    March 15, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Chill out, folks!  Here, have a hot dog and be happy. ;)

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