What to ask your doctor about colorectal cancer screenings

What to ask your doctor about colorectal cancer screenings

A colorectal cancer screening helps find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

If you’re 50 or older, call your doctor to schedule a screening.

We understand the prospect of a cancer screening can be nerve-wracking. To help you prepare, here are a list of questions to ask your doctor:

  1. What screening test(s) do you recommend for me?
  2. How do I prepare? Do I need to change my diet or my usual medication schedule?
  3. What’s involved in the test?
  4. Will the test be uncomfortable or painful?
  5. Are there any risks involved with the test?
  6. When and from whom will I get my test results?
  7. Who will perform the exam?
  8. Will I need to bring someone with me?

The CDC has a lot of information on screening options and what to expect available at https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/basic_info/screening/.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Marshall Internal Medicine at 304-691-1000, Marshall Surgery at 304-691-1200 or talk with your primary care doctor about your options.

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