Your Family History
It might not be the typical dinner conversation, but talking about your colon can help not only you, but your entire family. Here are some tips to get the conversation started:
- Ask your parents if they’ve been screened for colon cancer.
- Have them share how it went, and if they know of anyone in their family who has had any issues.
- If they do, find out more – how old were they, what’s your relationship with them, and what exactly were their issues?
If you have siblings or younger family members you want to talk with, make it casual. Colon cancer is serious, but screening can be funny. Tell them about your family history, and urge them to get screened. Check out our tips on handling the excuses.
Genetic testing can help you and your family know more about your risk for developing colon cancer, as well as some other cancers. Through genetic testing, you can learn when and how often surveillance should start, and other interventions you may want to consider.
Talk with your doctor about the options, and what is right for you.