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Barium enema 
Barium enema, or a lower gastrointestinal series, is another test to check for colon cancer. X-rays are taken of the colon after barium or barium and air are given by enema. The day before the test, you are asked to drink a lot of liquids and to take laxatives. No solid food is permitted. 
Questions 
Before this test was described, had you ever heard of barium enema or lower gastrointestinal series? 
 •Yes 
 •No 
 •Not sure/do not know 
If “yes” to “ever heard”: 
Have you ever had a barium enema? 
 •Yes 
 •No 
 •Not sure/do not know 
If “yes” to “ever had”: 
How many barium enemas have you had in the last 10 years? 
 •1 
 •2 
 •>2 
 •Not sure/do not know 
Was your most recent examination: 
 •A year ago or less 
 •More than 1 but not more than 5 years ago 
 •More than 5 but not more than 10 years ago 
 •More than 10 years ago 
 •Not sure/do not know 
What was the month and year of your most recent barium enema? 
 Month_____/Year_____ 
Why did you have your most recent barium enema? 
 •Part of a routine examination or checkup 
 •Because of a symptom or health problem 
 •Follow-up of an earlier abnormal test 
 •Not sure/do not know 
Prompt for T and F surveys: “You said that your most recent test was [insert time frame]” 
When did you have the barium enema before your most recent one? 
 •None before the most recent 
 •More than 1 but not more than 5 years before 
 •More than 5 years before 
 •Not sure/do not know 
Why did you have that barium enema? 
 •Part of a routine examination or checkup 
 •Because of a symptom or health problem 
 •Follow-up of an earlier abnormal test 
 •Not sure/do not know 
Barium enema 
Barium enema, or a lower gastrointestinal series, is another test to check for colon cancer. X-rays are taken of the colon after barium or barium and air are given by enema. The day before the test, you are asked to drink a lot of liquids and to take laxatives. No solid food is permitted. 
Questions 
Before this test was described, had you ever heard of barium enema or lower gastrointestinal series? 
 •Yes 
 •No 
 •Not sure/do not know 
If “yes” to “ever heard”: 
Have you ever had a barium enema? 
 •Yes 
 •No 
 •Not sure/do not know 
If “yes” to “ever had”: 
How many barium enemas have you had in the last 10 years? 
 •1 
 •2 
 •>2 
 •Not sure/do not know 
Was your most recent examination: 
 •A year ago or less 
 •More than 1 but not more than 5 years ago 
 •More than 5 but not more than 10 years ago 
 •More than 10 years ago 
 •Not sure/do not know 
What was the month and year of your most recent barium enema? 
 Month_____/Year_____ 
Why did you have your most recent barium enema? 
 •Part of a routine examination or checkup 
 •Because of a symptom or health problem 
 •Follow-up of an earlier abnormal test 
 •Not sure/do not know 
Prompt for T and F surveys: “You said that your most recent test was [insert time frame]” 
When did you have the barium enema before your most recent one? 
 •None before the most recent 
 •More than 1 but not more than 5 years before 
 •More than 5 years before 
 •Not sure/do not know 
Why did you have that barium enema? 
 •Part of a routine examination or checkup 
 •Because of a symptom or health problem 
 •Follow-up of an earlier abnormal test 
 •Not sure/do not know 
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