Taking an active role in your medical care is always a good idea. But it's especially important during colorectal cancer treatment. There are a lot of important decisions that you and your team of doctors need to make and it's best if you work together.
Being diagnosed with colorectal cancer can make you feel helpless. Becoming involved in the treatment process can give you back a feeling of control. Here are some things you can do to make a partnership with your doctor work.
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A complete medical history and
physical exam will help your doctor find the cause of your symptoms. It will
also help decide whether you need more tests.
The results of the medical history and physical
exam may mean that a person needs to begin routine testing for colorectal
cancer earlier than age 50 and have it more often. Your doctor may recommend earlier or more
frequent testing if you:
Already have been diagnosed with colorectal
Have a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister, or
child) with an
adenomatous polyp or colorectal
Are an African American.
Have had adenomatous polyps removed
from your colon. This type of polyp is more likely to turn into cancer, though
the risk is still very low.