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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. Douglas Purdy, gastroenterologist at St. Luke’s Gastroenterology, joins Dr. Arnold to discuss colon cancer signs and symptoms, the importance of screening, how to reduce your risk and more.

Our Patient Stories

Running for a Cause: Phil's Colon Cancer Story

Phil Decker, who is battling stage IV colon cancer with the help of his team at the Nassif Community Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, discusses his cancer journey and experience running the Boston Marathon.

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If you are 45 or older, talk to your primary care provider about a referral to see a St. Luke’s Gastroenterologist.

Patient Stories

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