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.
My life recently changed when I was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer at age 46. Luckily it was caught and treated in time—Teaching me the importance of early diagnosis. So when two family members were recently diagnosed with colon cancer, I didn’t hesitate to talk with my doctor about scheduling a colonoscopy. I got screened, and my doctor was able to find and remove a polyp right then, before it turned cancerous. I’m so glad I didn’t wait—This screening can save your life!”
Val Ligon – Roseburg