Skip to Main Content

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 »

Worth the Inconvenience

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

Read Greg's story

8 Colonoscopies & Counting

“There is no doubt I would have full-blown cancer by now without colonoscopy screenings.” - Dale Dwire

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

‘It’s an Attention Getter’

Chuck Corkins put off having a colonoscopy even though he knew he had a family history of colon cancer.

Read Chuck'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

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.

Avera Story Center

A place where Avera health care professionals and staff come together to share their expert advice, opinions and insights. In case you missed it, check out the following stories.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Colorectal Cancer Symptoms & Tests

Colorectal Cancer Treatment