Get a Colonoscopy

Get a Colonoscopy

It’s estimated that about 60% of colon cancer deaths could be prevented with one simple screening: the colonoscopy. If everything goes well, your doctor will only recommend it every 10 years.

Why Is it the Gold Standard?

Colonoscopy provides the most comprehensive view of the colon and it also allows the doctor to remove polyps on the spot in most cases. These polyps could be precancerous. That means your doctor can get rid of cancer before it even starts to develop.

Know the Signs

The majority of colon cancer cases still occur in people 50 years and older, but the rate of younger diagnoses is increasing slowly. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of colon cancer. As soon as you’re age 50, get screened so any concerning polyps can be detected as soon as possible. (It takes about 10 years for a polyp to develop into cancer.)

  • Change in bowel habits
  • Dark, tar-like stools
  • Blood in stool 
  • Weight loss
  • Unexplained abdominal pain

Schedule Your Colonoscopy

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

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Request an Appointment

Fill out the form below and a nurse will call to help you schedule an appointment. Call 888-422-1410 for more information.

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