Cancer of the colon or rectum is also called colorectal cancer. The colon and rectum are parts of the large intestine. If you are age 50 or older, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer.
It’s important for both men and women to get screened. There is more than one kind of screening test. Talk with your doctor about which colorectal cancer screening test is right for you.
Screening for colorectal cancer is covered under the Affordable Care Act for people over age 50. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get tested at no cost to you. Talk with your insurance provider.
What do I ask the doctor?
It helps to have questions for the doctor written down ahead of time. Print out these questions and take them to your next appointment. You may want to ask a family member or close friend to come with you to take notes.
- What puts me at risk for colorectal cancer?
- When do I need to start getting tested?
- How often do I need to get tested?
- What screening test do you recommend? Why?
- What’s involved in screening? How do I prepare?
- Are there any dangers or side effects involved?
- How long will it take to get the results?
- What can I do to reduce my risk of colorectal cancer?