Colon Cancer Screening
Prevent cancer before it starts. Don’t put off preventative care, be proactive with your health. Take advantage of the wide array of prevention programs we offer at the Nassif Community Cancer Center. Browse our screening options and schedule your assessment in Cedar Rapids today.
Early Detection is the Best Prevention
If you’re 45 years old or older, you should get regular screenings for colon cancer. A colonoscopy allows your doctor to examine your entire colon and remove or biopsy abnormal growths if they’re found during the procedure. Colon and rectal cancers are some of the most preventable cancers if caught early.
Learn more about Colorectal Cancer Screenings from UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s. In order to schedule a colonoscopy with St. Luke’s Digestive Health Center, you’ll need to ask your doctor for a referral to a gastroenterologist, who will make an assessment before scheduling the procedure.
Hear From Our Experts
Dr. Dean Abramson, St. Luke’s Gastroenterology, joins Dr. Arnold to give his perspective on the new recommendation from the United States Preventive Services Task Force that individuals start screening for colorectal cancers at age 45 rather than 50.
Dr. Dean Abramson, gastroenterologist at St. Luke’s Gastroenterology, returns to the podcast as we recognize Colon Cancer Awareness Month. In this episode, he and Dr. Arnold cover why it’s safe to go to St. Luke’s for your colonoscopy, the different types of screening and what the data says about each, the rise in cases seen in younger adults and more.
Our Patient Stories
“Early detection saved my life.”
See how early detection of colon cancer saved Kellie’s life, and how the Nassif Community Cancer Center was there to help her through her cancer journey.
In July 2019, 38-year-old Zach Douglas of Cedar Rapids, IA underwent a CT scan. In the months prior, he had been experiencing various symptoms. Abdominal pain, blood in his stools
After being diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 40, Dave Strowmatt and his family are being proactive by participating in genetic testing.
If you are 45 or older, talk to your primary care provider about a referral to see a St. Luke’s Gastroenterologist.
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