Colorectal Cancer Screenings and Care

Early colorectal cancers usually have no symptoms. That's why regular screenings are important, and can be life saving.

Once we reach a certain age, we’re all at risk for colon cancer. But the good news is that a screening isn’t just for finding cancer. It’s also for stopping it before it starts. 90 percent of colorectal cancers are preventable. Talk with your Ascension Wisconsin doctor about what screening options are right for you.


Recognizing your risk

Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or rectum. It’s the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. For normal risk individuals, the American College of Gastroenterology recommends regular colon cancer screenings beginning at age 45, and age 45 for African Americans. Screening is the number one way you can reduce your risk of colon or rectal cancer.

If you have any of the following systems, you should be tested sooner:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Family history of colon cancer
  • Those diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease

Why is it so important to get tested?

  • Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in adults.
  • Regular screenings, starting at age 45 (or earlier if you have a family history or are African American), can help find colon cancer early when it’s most treatable.
  • Some screenings can tell your doctor there’s a problem before you have any symptoms.
  • During a colonoscopy, polyps can be removed before they become cancerous.

Full service cancer centers

At Ascension Wisconsin, our care teams listen to your concerns and work with you to determine the appropriate care plan. If cancer is detected, our cancer care team has proactive treatments that help your long-term needs. Our radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and specialty care surgeons deliver advanced care for all stages of colorectal cancer.


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Patient Story

Jennifer Smith, colon screening patient at Ascension Wisconsin.

Jennifer, 50, is grateful her doctor recommended a colon cancer screening. A screening showed that she had 42 polyps. Everything was fine, but she recommends getting a screening for your peace of mind. Talk to your Ascension Wisconsin doctor to see if a screening is right for you.


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