Talking to your patients
Here are a few talking points you can use when speaking to patients about colorectal cancer screening:
- Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly form of cancer, but it doesn’t have to be.
- Screening can prevent the cancer or catch it early when it’s highly treatable.
- Most insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of screening with no co-pays or deductibles. Even without insurance, there are low cost, reliable options. Let’s talk about the one that is right for you.
- Make and keep your appointment to be screened.
- Then, talk about your experience and encourage other people you know to be screened too.
I got screened at age 65 as part of an annual check-up. During the colonoscopy they found one polyp and removed it. The tests showed that it was benign. I go back for a follow-up in ten years. In the meantime, I’m trying to get more fiber in my diet, and I’m encouraging others to see their doctors and get screened too. It’s painless, it’s easy to do, and it can help with the early diagnosis and prevention of cancer. You’ll be glad you did it–for yourself and your family.