How to Get Your Loved One Screened for Colorectal Cancer

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We try to get the people we love to get screened for colorectal cancer because, well, we love them. But let's face it. It's not easy. And when it comes to persuading someone to do something that's good for them, there's a fine line between being loving and being annoying. If you find yourself walking that line, these articles may help.

How to Get Your Husband to Get Screened

Ask any woman who has participated in this adventure and she'll be sure and tell you that it usually isn't an easy sell. Men, in general, are resistant to getting medical check-ups and seem especially squeamish about having their colorectal system checked. The whole "take your pants off and bend over" drill may be what keeps them out of the exam room for every type of illness. If your husband doesn't need convincing, great. But most husbands do. Here are some ideas for wives who could use a little help.

How to Get Your Wife to Get Screened

You've tried everything you can think of, but she won't listen. She says she'll go, just not this week. She says she'll go if you go first. Or maybe she just gives you that look whenever you bring it up. You know, the back off look. Ahh, marital bliss. It's more likely women will get screened as they normally must get ob/gyn checkups regularly, but this may not be the case with your wife. Getting someone to do what's good for them isn't always a joy ride, but these tips should help smooth the road a bit.

Men: How to Get Your Male Partner to Get Screened

Stubborn, is he? Few things are as frustrating as your partner refusing to do something important for his health. Gay men are at higher risk for colorectal cancer. Know why? Because they don't get screened as often. Part of that is that they are men, and men seem to avoid getting medical check-ups and screenings and only go to the doctor when they have something unavoidably wrong with them. But if your partner won't listen, he won't listen, right? Maybe. Or maybe you just need a different approach.

Women: How to Get Your Female Partner to Get Screened

You know she doesn't like going to the doctor, so why do you keep bugging her? Oh yeah, because it's important. Lesbians are at higher risk for colorectal cancer. Know why? Because we don't get screened. You're in the best position to positively influence your partner's actions. These tips will help you know what to say.

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