How to Talk about Colorectal Cancer Screening

Everyone over 50 years of age should be thinking about colorectal cancer screening. Talking about it is an important step toward making a decision. Whether you are over 50, or know someone who is, this guide can help you talk about this very important health decision.



Talking to Your Healthcare Provider

As you get older, you have more health concerns. Your doctor has a lot to talk to you about. If your doctor does not mention getting screened for colorectal cancer, don’t be afraid to ask about it.

Here are some questions you might want to ask your healthcare provider about colorectal cancer screening:

  • Why is it important for me to get screened?
  • Can you explain my screening options?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages (pros and cons) of each option?
    • How is the test done?
    • How do I prepare for it?
    • How do I schedule it?
    • Is there anything about my health that affects my options?

Talking to Your Insurance Provider

Colorectal cancer screening is covered by most insurance plans and Medicare. You should check with your insurance provider or Medicare (1-800-MEDICARE) to find out which tests are covered for you.


Here are some questions you might want to ask your insurance provider about colorectal cancer screening:

  • What colorectal cancer screening options does my insurance plan cover?
  • What is not covered or only partially covered under my insurance plan?
  • Does it matter where I get screened?


Talking to Important People in Your Life

Getting screened is an important health decision. Before making a decision, you should:

  • Know your options
  • Take time to learn and understand the facts
  • Understand the pros and cons of each screening option
  • Have a conversation with a member of your healthcare team and/or family and friends
  • Decide what matters most to you
  • When you are ready, make a decision that is right for you


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