In recognition of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, please help us get more people screened for the disease. More people get their screening done when their doctors recommend it.
A survey done by the American Cancer Society found that 90 percent of people who reported that their doctor recommended getting the test done actually got screened.
Too many people avoid being screened for colon cancer, even though annual screenings after the age of 50 are covered 100 percent by their plans as a preventive service. You can help!
Here's what you can do:
- Use the "Gaps in Care" reports we send you to follow up with your ConnectiCare patients who have not had the screening done yet.
- Talk to your patients about why they have not had the screening and address their concerns.
- If your patients refuse to have a colonoscopy, recommend the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) instead. If you need a supply of FIT tests, contact the lab you work with or call Quest at 1-866-MYQUEST.