Colon Cancer


2019 GI Oncology Conference

Friday, March 1, 2019
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines


Agenda and speaker information (pdf) | Click here to register


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

Before undergoing any colorectal cancer screening test, you should consult with your doctor to determine the right test for you. There are several different colorectal cancer screening options available, and your doctor will recommend the option he or she thinks is best for you, based on your medical history. Click on the links below to learn more about common colon cancer screening options.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding colon cancer or screening for colon cancer, please talk with your primary care provider or call Mercy Gastroenterology at 515-222-7600.

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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