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.

 


Best practices

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.


Your Stories

For five years my husband’s doctor told him to schedule a colonoscopy, yet he always had a reason to put it off.  Finally, after a lot of urging on my part, he had a colonoscopy two years ago.

The procedure was routine and went well, and then the doctor called me into the procedure room and told me that my husband had a large tumor almost surrounding the sigmoid area of the colon and he needed surgery to remove it immediately. The doctors were able to find the tumor before it spread to any lymph nodes and my husband has had a full recovery. If he hadn’t gone in for his colonoscopy, he probably wouldn’t be with me today.

Colonoscopies save lives. To lose someone to this cancer when it can be identified early is awful and this screening helps our loved ones know about their cancer risks and treatment options early.

Renee Menkens – Roseburg


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