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[Place on Physician Letterhead]
[Insert Date]
[Patient Name]
[Insert Street]
[Insert City, State, Zip]
Dear [Insert Patient Name]:
Our office has made a commitment to promote the health of its patients and to provide
education regarding preventive health measures that you can take to maintain a healthy
lifestyle. Our records indicate that you are either overdue for a colorectal cancer
screening, or that you may not have had a colorectal cancer screening as of this date.
Regular colorectal cancer screenings can detect colorectal cancer early when the
chances for cure are best. These screenings can also help prevent the development of
colorectal cancer. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common
cancer in men and women with more than 103,000 new cases expected in 2013
(National Cancer Institute). The survival rate for people whose colorectal cancer is
treated early is greater than 90%.
Please call our office today to coordinate the scheduling of your colorectal cancer
screening appointment.
The American Cancer Society recommends that average-risk individuals choose one of
the following options for colorectal cancer screening. Screening should begin at age 50.
1. Colonoscopy every 10 years, or
2. Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.
Make a difference. If you’re not current with your colorectal screening, please call our
office for assistance. It’s the first step in beating colorectal cancer.
[Insert PCP name here]
[Insert group name here]