Colorectal Cancer Screening: Conversation starters

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Conversation starters

Everyone ages 50 to 75 needs to get screened (tested) regularly for colorectal cancer. If you are worried about a family member or friend who has put off screening, use these tips to start a conversation.

Start by saying, “I care about you.”

  • “I want you to live a long and healthy life.”
  • “I want you to get tested so you don’t have to worry about colorectal cancer.”

Explain the reasons for getting tested.

  • “Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers. People over age 50 have the highest risk.”
  • “If the doctor finds a growth in your colon, it can be removed before it turns into cancer.”

Offer support.

  • “What part of the test are you most worried about?”
  • “How can I make it easier for you to get tested?”
  • “Some parts of the test might make you uncomfortable, but it'll be over very quickly.”

Here are some ways to support a loved one:

  • Encourage your family member or friend to check out Colorectal Cancer Screening: Which test would I prefer? This tool helps people prepare to talk with the doctor about getting tested.
  • If your loved one decides to get tested at the doctor’s office, help make the appointment or offer to drive them there and back home afterward.
  • If you are age 50 to 75, set an example – get tested for colorectal cancer and share your experience.