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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  1. I just turned 50 years old. Should I be tested for colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer?

  2. I don’t have any family history of colorectal cancer or coloretal polyps. Should I still be screened?

  3. My medical history and or my family medical history put me at an increased risk for colorectal cancer. Should I be screened at a younger age and more often?

  4. I understand that there are a number of screening tests available; can you tell me about each of these tests and their pros and cons?

  5. I don’t know which screening test is appropriate for me now. Which test do you recommend and why?

  6. Will you perform the test? If not, who will?

  7. Will I be awake or asleep during the test?

  8. Will the test hurt?

  9. How will I learn the results of the test?

  10. What kind of follow-up care will I need if the test shows a problem?

  11. If the tests show nothing wrong, when should I be tested again?

  12. What is the cost of these tests? Will my insurance cover the cost?

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