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Colorectal cancer screenings require building trust with patients

UCLA Health Connect blog

Post Date:March 30, 2022 6:00 AM
UCLA Health patient Gloria Riley overcame her fears to get screened for colon cancer. (Photo by Joshua Sudock/UCLA Health)

As a former health educator who taught the importance of early cancer screenings, Gloria Riley knew better than to put off her colorectal cancer screening.

But hesitancy and the repeated urging by her primary care physician, John Mafi, MD, MPH, were initially not enough to overcome her fear of sedation, the risk of something going wrong, or the discomfort of drinking the prescribed laxative preparation solution.

“It was okay for me to tell everyone else to do it, but when it came to myself, I was totally hesitant,” Riley, 56, says. “I had a big fear and I was just frozen for a long time. I wouldn't do it.”

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