Colon Cancer Awareness

Colon Cancer Awareness

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and a leading cause of death from cancer.

Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.

The good news?

If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Wondering if a colonoscopy is covered by your insurance?

Here are some questions to ask your insurance company.

The Basics

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.
Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  1. Get screened starting at age 50. (To learn more about getting a colonoscopy click here.)
  2. Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  3. Get active and eat healthy.


Take steps to schedule your colonoscopy today!

  1. If you are approaching your 50th birthday, or past it and haven't had your screening colonoscopy, and have seen your Monroe Clinic primary care provider within the last 12 months, call our scheduler to set up your colonoscopy - 608-324-1958.
  2. If you have a Monroe Clinic primary care provider, but haven't seen him or her in the last 12 months, make an appointment. During your appointment, your provider's office can schedule your colonoscopy.
  3. If you don't have a primary care provider, click here for a listing of a few of the primary care providers who can see new patients in a timely manner. Then make an appointment. During your appointment, the provider's office can schedule your colonoscopy.


Show support for those with colon cancer and the need to be screened!

The #StrongArmSelfie movement is designed to show support for those living with colon cancer, as well as draw attention to the need for screening. Many staff members at Monroe Clinic have taken part and you can, too! Click here for more information.





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