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Colon Cancer Awareness and Colonoscopy

For men and women alike, colorectal cancer is the third leading type of cancer and the third leading cause of cancer deaths. If detected early through a colonoscopy screening, it's also one of the most preventable. Schedule your colonoscopy today »

Routine Screening a Lifesaver

 At a community health screening event a routine hemoglobin count signaled that Pat might have colon cancer.

Read Pat's story

8 Colonoscopies & Counting

"There is no doubt I would have full-blown cancer by now without colonoscopy screenings."

Read Dale's story

Better Than Last Year

Lynn Horstman spent last year in treatment for rectal cancer and is looking forward to getting his health back.

Read Lynn's story

Worth the Inconvenience

 Greg Docter of Mitchell started having regular colonoscopy screenings every three years, beginning at age 50.

Read Greg's story

Colonoscopy Locations

Avera offers colonoscopies at many of our locations throughout the region.

Schedule your colonoscopy


Colon Cancer Risk Assessment

Understanding your risk is the first step in preventing colon cancer.

Colon Risk Assessment


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Are you at risk for colon cancer?

Risk factors can include:

  • A personal or family history of precancerous colon polyps or colon cancer
  • Age 50 or older, age 45 or older if African-American
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Colitis (IBD)

Be sure to see your doctor if you have gastrointestinal bleeding, change in bowel habits, unexplained abdominal pain or unintentional weight loss. These may all be signs of colorectal cancer.