I. Physician-Directed Questions Regarding Screening for Colorectal Cancer


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 doctor which test is best for you. Since every patient has a unique medical history, it is essential to talk with their doctor about their personal risk factors and/or experience with colorectal cancer. By talking regularly and openly with the doctor, one can take an active role in their care.

Appearing below is a list of questions to ask the doctor about screening for colorectal cancer. Mark the questions you would like answered, and take them with you to the next medical appointment.

Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Colorectal Cancer Screening

To access additional information on the screening of colorectal cancer, please visit the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s website at www.colorectal-cancer.ca/en/screening/screening-tests/