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 get screened every five years for colorectal cancer because of my family history. When my brother had a polyp removed, he encouraged my siblings and I to get screened. At my last screening my doctor found a polyp, but since it was found early and was not cancerous I was able to have it removed without any complications. Immediately after, I reached out to my brothers and sister and shared my experience as another reminder to get screened.
Get screened regularly and encourage people you know to get screened too. Your story can save a life.
Peggy Madison – Roseburg