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Colorectal Cancer Screening: Conversation starters

Are you worried about a family member or friend who is 50 to 75 years old and has put off getting tested for colorectal cancer? Here are some tips to help you start the conversation.

Start by saying, “I care about you.”

“I want you to do all you can to stay around.”

“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 and deadliest cancers. People over age 50 have the highest risk.”

“If the doctor finds a growth in your colon, it can be removed before it becomes dangerous.”

Offer support.

“What part of the test are you most worried about?”

“How can I make it easier for you to get tested?”

“I know it might be uncomfortable, but the test won’t last long.”

Here are some ways to help a friend or loved one:

  • Look on the Internet for descriptions of the different tests.
  • Help make the appointment for testing.
  • If you are 50 to 75 years old, set the example. Get tested for colorectal cancer and share your experience.
  • Offer to drive your loved one to the appointment for testing.
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Conversation starters

Content last updated on:
June 20, 2013