• How have you convinced family members who are at high risk for colorectal cancer to get screened?

    Asked by StegalMan on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    How have you convinced family members who are at high risk for colorectal cancer to get screened?

    I have asked them to do it but they just say, OK and never do.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi, I'm Aliza. I'm a Medical Librarian (retired) but still stay active in my field, working and helping people do research here and elsewhere. I'm also a BC patient. I have many people in my family who've had Colon Cancer (but none who had BC). It's very important to be screened and because there are so many people in my family who had this illness I was screened first at age 41, not 50.

      I think one of the best things you can do to convince your family to get screened is to expose them to a celebrity that's familiar with the illness and the best one that comes to mind is Katie Couric, whose husband of many years unfortunately died from this illness. I found you an interview with her and Marlo Thomas that among other things covered this topic. It was in the Huffington Post. The URL for it is this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/16/colon-cancer-awareness-from-katie-couric_n_1354390.html.

      But if you have anyone in your family Google "Katie Couric and colon cancer" (no quotations necessary when they search), they'll likely find a wealth of information that will stress the importance of getting screened.

      I really think the celebrity theme is a big draw for people who are reluctant. I hope you find my advice helpful. If there is anything else I can do for you, don't hesitate to ask.

      Best wishes,

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. It's like telling a smoker that they have a high risk for lung cancer. The mentality when it comes to cancer is "it won't happen to me". That's why smokers don't stop smoking and is why your family member won't be tested for colon cancer. Hopefully one day this family member will realize the importance of being checked and will have the test done. I'm considering having mine early. You've done your part it's now up to them to make the decision.

      over 4 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      When my husband was diagnosed in his 40's with stage 4 colon cancer he went on a mission to get every family member and friend to get a colonoscopy. Being that his maternal grandfather and maternal uncles also had colon cancer he stressed to family members the necessity of getting it done. I will say he had great success in influencing people. You can't make people do it, but one would hope they do not want to have to go through colon cancer, and while a colonoscopy is not easy it certainly beats the alternative.

      over 4 years ago
    • dhall's Avatar

      And or don't, say at the end - but when they cut your guts out and you XXX in a bag out your front - don't cry to me that you were to stupid to have a simpler (But still uncomfortable) test that could have prevented it and leave it at that. Never know if profoundly stated once as apposed to nagging it may have a impact.

      over 4 years ago
    • nance's Avatar

      I have 3 older brothers. I convienced my oldest one, 60 years old, he had one and they found precancerous poyps. The doctor told him he will have to have a colonoscopy now every year for the next 5 years. He is not sorry he is grateful that he went. Especially since his younger sister (me), who was under 50, was diagnosed with stage IIIC colon cancer last May. I hope you convience your siblings how important this is.

      over 4 years ago
    • cindywho's Avatar

      Hello StegalMan Good Luck in getting your family members to get that done. I come from a family of 10 and I myself was diasgonsed with rectal cancer in 2009 my siblings were suppose to go and get screened but I will tell you this. Only 2 of them went and got it done. So that is why I am telling you GOOD LUCK!!!! I didn't push the subject anymore. It doesn't help you with all the stress that you are dealing with. I wore a bag on my right side for 6 months went thru treatments and 2 surgeries and I am here today. So good luck and I wish you the best of luck. Cindy Burnett rectal cancer survivor Sherburn Minnesota

      over 4 years ago

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