Colon Cancer


Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as high performing in Colon Cancer Surgery for 2017-18!


Colon Cancer Symptoms:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blood in stool
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Stomach pain or cramping
  • Change in regular bowel habits

Risk Factors:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Family history of colorectal cancer
  • Diet high in red meat or processed meats
  • Smoking
  • Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Heavy alcohol consumption


  • Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer among men and women in the United States
  • On average, approximately  1 in 21 men, and 1 in 23 women, will develop colon cancer
  • The death rate from colorectal cancer has been dropping for several decades thanks to an increase in people being screened for the disease and improvements in treatment options.

Colon Cancer Screening

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