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Colorectal Cancer Screening: Questions for the doctor

Cancer of the colon or rectum is also called colorectal cancer. The colon and rectum are parts of the large intestine. If you are 50 to 75 years old, get screened (tested) regularly for colorectal cancer. It's important for both men and women to get screened.

There is more than one kind of screening test for colorectal cancer. Before your visit, check out Colorectal Cancer Screening: Which test would I prefer? Then share what you learn with your doctor during your visit.

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans must cover screening for colorectal cancer for people over age 50. Depending on your insurance, you may be able to get tested at no cost to you. Talk with your insurance company.

What do I ask the doctor?

Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down ahead of time. You may also want to ask a family member or close friend to go with you to take notes.

Print out these questions and take them to your appointment.