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 word 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 or earlier (or 10 years before the age at diagnoses of the youngest case).
I stay in pretty good shape, I try to eat the right foods. But you don’t know what’s in your colon until you look in there. At age 63, it was just time to get checked. They didn’t find any polyps; the doctor said to repeat the colonoscopy in five years. With colorectal cancer, if you get it early enough, you can take care of it. If you don’t, it’s too late…Black men in general don’t like to go to doctors and do that kind of personal stuff. If I can encourage more black men to get to the doctor, I want to do that.
Cornelius “Mac” McCormick, retired university administrator and track coach
Summit High School, Bend