Did you know that patients say they are most likely to get screened if they hear a strong recommendation from their doctor?
So, please prioritize colorectal cancer screening in your treatment of patients ages 50 to 75.
- Don’t just mention it—strongly recommend that your patients get screened, and follow up to be sure they do.
- Consider sharing this information in your conversations.You can also help spread the work by empowering patients who’ve already been screened to talk about their experience with people they know.
- Download this quick reference guide. It’s a great resource for you and your staff about colorectal cancer screening best practices, screening options, insurance coverage and other resources.
- Please also download and print this flyer and post it in your waiting and exam rooms.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends colorectal cancer screening for all men and women ages 50-75. African American men and women should begin screening at age 45, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. Those with a family history of colorectal cancer should begin screening at age 40.
I got screened for colorectal cancer when I was 50 because my doctor recommended it, and several of my friends encouraged me. Then in 2006, my friend Wendy Huntley died of colon cancer. Her friends and husband started Wendy’s Wish to raise money for cancer patients with expenses not covered by insurance. We also want to educate our community about the importance of screening for early detection. Early detection of colon cancer allows for much better outcomes and treatment.
Cindy Pierce-teacher-librarian at Mountain View High School, Bend