Cancer screening can be a tough subject. If you’ve never had to talk to a loved one about getting screening before, you may be hesitant to approach it. After all, even a simple conversation can bring up painful memories or be awkward. However, it can also instill hope in those you care about most. If your loved one is 45 or older, it is definitely time to have this conversation. It’s important to get screened as early as possible, especially if you or your loved one have an increased risk for developing the disease.
Discussing the importance of colon cancer screenings can be the start of a healthy dialogue. Here are some tips to get the conversation started (and keep it going) in a respectful, caring way.
Let them know you care
More than anything else, showing you care will help guide the conversation in a loving direction. Let your loved ones know that you want to see them happy and healthy for many years to come. Reassure them that their health is a priority, and that the best defense against cancer is to catch it early.
Focus on their needs and wants
When it comes to a sensitive topic like cancer, no one wants to feel unheard. Focus on listening (and really hearing) what your loved one has to say about possible screening. Are they nervous? Afraid? Let them tell you how they want to proceed, and what their needs are moving forward.
Avoid comparisons of any kind
Everyone handles cancer differently. Don’t compare another’s experience (or even yours) to your loved one. You never know what they might be going through. Instead, focus on them. This is their journey. Every bit of support helps!
The need for screening
No matter what, don’t be afraid to have a conversation with someone you love about screening. Ultimately, you’re coming from a place of caring, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make sure your loved ones are healthy. If you or someone you know is ready to be screened, give us a call to schedule an appointment today.
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