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.

 


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 or earlier (or 10 years before the age at diagnoses of the youngest case).


Your Stories

I was checked for colon cancer at the age of 39, after fatigue, blood in stool and after a massive loss of weight. I never thought of colon cancer because there is no family history of it in my family. January 28th 2011 changed my life and my wife’s as well as our families for ever. I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. After chemo, radiation and surgery to give me a permanent colostomy. I am 2 years cancer free. I truly believe we all need screening for this type of cancer and other type’s sooner. I am back to working full time and enjoying life with my wife, family and friends to the fullest. I suggest, do not ever use the phrase (that can not happen to me). Go get screened. – Earl Buck III

 


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