Colon Cancer

  • Every 9 minutes someone in the U.S. dies of colorectal cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.
  • Colorectal cancer is one of the most easily prevented cancers because it develops from polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous.
  • If detected early, colon cancer treatment is successful with 85-90% of patients living at least five years.
  • You have the power to do something about this cancer...get your colon checked.

Get screened

Beginning at age 50, both men and women should have a screening test. For those at average risk for colon cancer, a colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years. People with certain risk factors, such as family or personal history, may need a colonoscopy earlier or more frequently.

Colonoscopy is the preferred method of screening because it not only detects cancer but can identify pre-cancerous growths (called polyps) and remove them before they turn into cancer. Colonoscopy is the only screening test that can remove pre-cancerous polyps and, therefore, decrease the risk of developing cancer. 

Your primary care provider must refer you for colonoscopy because family history and risk factors determine the timing of appropriate screening. Please talk to your primary care provider to help reduce your risk.

If you decline a colonoscopy, Fecal Immunoassay Test (FIT) is a reliable alternative that should be performed once a year.

Schedule a Screening

Schedule a Screening

Talk to your primary care provider today:

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center - La Crosse Clinic
Call (608) 775-6680 or (608) 775-6680 or
  (800) 362-9567, ext. 56680 (800) 362-9567, ext. 56680
  1900 South Avenue
  La Crosse, WI 54601
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Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center - Onalaska Clinic
Call (608) 775-8151 or (608) 775-8151 or
  (800) 362-9567, ext. 58151 (800) 362-9567, ext. 58151
  3111 Gundersen Dr.
  Onalaska, WI 54650
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Gundersen Prairie du Chien Clinic
Call (608) 326-6466 (608) 326-6466
  610 East Taylor St.
  Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
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Gundersen Sparta Clinic
Call (608) 269-6731 (608) 269-6731
  315 West Oak St.
  Sparta, WI 54656
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Gundersen Tomah Clinic
Call (608) 372-4111 (608) 372-4111
  1330 North Superior Ave.
  Tomah, WI 54660
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Gundersen Viroqua Clinic
Call (608) 637-3195 (608) 637-3195
  407 South Main St.
  Viroqua, WI 54665
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Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics Whitehall
Call (715) 538-4355 (715) 538-4355
  18606 Ervin St.
  Whitehall, WI 54773
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Gundersen Decorah Clinic
Call (563) 382-3140 (563) 382-3140
  1830 State Hwy. 9
  Decorah, IA 52101
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Palmer Lutheran Health Center
Call (563) 422-3817 (563) 422-3817
  110 Jefferson St.
  West Union, IA 52175
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Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics Blair
Call (608) 989-2505 (608) 989-2505
  420 South Peterson Ave.
  Blair, WI 54616
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Gundersen Calmar Clinic
Call (563) 562-3211 (563) 562-3211
  106 E Main St.
  Calmar, Iowa 52132
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Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics Elroy
Call (608) 462-4116 (608) 462-4116
  1705 Omaha St.
  Elroy, WI 53929
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Gundersen Fayette Clinic
Call (563) 425-3381 (563) 425-3381
  110 King St.
  Fayette, IA 52142
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Gundersen Galesville Clinic
Call (608) 582-2025 (608) 582-2025
  16812 South Main St.
  Galesville, WI 54630
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Gundersen Harmony Clinic
Call (507) 886-8888 (507) 886-8888
  805 Main Avenue South
  Harmony, MN 55939
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Gundersen Houston Clinic
Call (507) 896-6000 (507) 896-6000
  511 East Maple St.
  Houston, MN 55943
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Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics Hillsboro
Call (608) 489-8280 (608) 489-8280
  400 Water Ave.
  Hillsboro, WI 54634
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Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics Independence
Call (715) 985-2351 (715) 985-2351
  35791 Osseo Road
  Independence, WI 54747
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Gundersen La Crescent Clinic
Call (507) 895-6610 (507) 895-6610
  226 North 2nd St.
  La Crescent, MN 55947
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Gundersen Lansing Clinic
Call (563) 538-4874 (563) 538-4874
  50 North Fourth St.
  Lansing, IA 52151
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Gundersen Postville Clinic
Call (563) 864-7512 (563) 864-7512
  111 South Reynolds St.
  Postville, IA 52162
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Gundersen Spring Grove Clinic
Call (507) 498-3302 (507) 498-3302
  123 Fifth Avenue SE
  Spring Grove, MN 55974
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Gundersen Waukon Clinic
Call (563) 568-3000 (563) 568-3000
  120 2nd Ave. SE
  Waukon, IA 52172
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Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics Wonewoc
Call (608) 464-3575 (608) 464-3575
  301 Railroad St.
  Wonewoc, WI 53968
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