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 was advised to get screened for colorectal cancer when I turned 50 by my doctor. I told him I wanted to wait a while and decided to put it off until he asked me to do it again. Finally, after turning 55 and much prompting from my friend, I mentioned it to my doctor and he told me it was a smart thing to get done and he couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it already!
The experience turned out to be quite nice and the environment was very comfortable and inviting. This is such an easy procedure; it was as if I took a nap and woke up and it was over.
I can understand the hesitation to get screened, but it’s worth it and necessary in order for people to take preventive measures, as I did have a pre-cancer polyp. After a certain age, good health comes from being proactive.
I encourage others to talk to their doctor about their options and then share your experience with friends and family.
Jenny Kluver – Roseburg