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You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being ready to answer the following questions:
During a physical exam, your doctor will:
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:
If your medical history and physical exam lead your doctor to suspect colorectal cancer, you will need more tests. These tests may include colonoscopy, fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, biopsy, and complete blood count.
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Current as ofMay 3, 2017
Current as of: May 3, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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