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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
fecal occult blood testing,
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 MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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