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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • Consider some of these questions that you may want to ask your doctor when discussing colorectal cancer screening. You may also consider printing these questions and using them as a reference when attending you next doctor appointment.

    • What is colorectal cancer?

    • Do I need to be tested? Why? How often will I need to be screened?

    • Who will do the exam?

    • What is the screening test you recommend? Why?

    • What's involved in screening? How do I prepare?

    • How long does the test take? Can I return to work after the test? Can I drive? Will the test be uncomfortable or painful? Is there any risk involved?

    • When will I get the results?

    • What if you find something? Will I need more tests?

    • If I have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, do I need to be tested before I'm 50 or more often than other people?

    • Will my insurance cover the screening test?

    • How much will my screening test cost?
    Page last reviewed: February 9, 2007
    Page last updated: February 9, 2007
    Content source: Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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