Colorectal Screening: Embarrassing Conversation or Life Saving Test?

Colorectal cancer screening may seem embarrassing, but remember, this test may help save your live. Colon cancer may be preventable, detectable, and treatable, if found early. 9 out of 10 people who have colorectal cancer will live for more than 5 years if they find it when it is still in an early stage. Start the conversation with your doctor with these questions:

  • When should I be screened?
  • Does it matter if one of my relatives had colorectal cancer?
  • Which screening tests do you recommend for me?
  • How often do I need to be screened?
  • What’s involved in the test?
  • Are there any risks involved?
  • When and how will I get results from my test?
  • Regular screening for colorectal cancer should begin at age 45. If you have risk factors for colorectal cancer, including inflammatory bowel disease or a family history of colorectal cancer, you might need to get screened earlier.