Most Canadians don’t like to talk about colorectal cancer but the month of March is a great time to change that.
Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50. Some of the screening tests designed to help diagnose colorectal cancer include colonoscopy, fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and flexible sigmoidoscopy. The benefits and risks of these screening methods vary. Discuss with your health care provider which test is best for you.
Since every patient has a unique medical history, it is extremely important to talk with your health care provider about your personal risk factors and/or experience with colorectal cancer. By talking regularly and openly with your provider, you can take an active role in your health care.
Questions to ask your health care provider about colorectal cancer screening:
Preventative Health Care – the Easiest Way to Protect Your Future!