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:
- What screening test(s) do you recommend for me?
- How do I prepare? Do I need to change my diet or my usual medication schedule?
- What’s involved in the test?
- Will the test be uncomfortable or painful?
- Are there any risks involved with the test?
- When and from whom will I get my test results?
- Who will perform the exam?
- 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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