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Express Care - Bettendorf

3415 53rd Avenue
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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Express Care - Moline

106 19th Avenue
Suite 103
Moline, Illinois 61265

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Express Care - North Port

3426 North Port Drive
Suite 200
Muscatine, Iowa 52761

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Express Care - SouthPark Pointe

3904 16th Street
Moline, Illinois 61265

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Pediatric Urgent Care - Cedar Rapids

855 A Avenue NE
Suite 300A
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

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Proctor First Care - East Peoria

2535 E. Washington St.
East Peoria, Illinois 61611

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Proctor First Care - Peoria Heights

1120 E. War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, Illinois 61616

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express

1909 North Morton Avenue
Morton, Illinois 61550

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express

8914 N. Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61604

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express

209 N. Cummings Lane
Washington, Illinois 61571

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine and Walk-In Care - Cascade

610 2nd Ave. NE
Cascade, Iowa 52033

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UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine and Walk-In Care - Peosta

8456 Peosta Commercial Court
P.O. Box 80
Peosta, Iowa 52068

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - East

1550 University Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - West

2255 JFK Road
Dubuque, Iowa 52002

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Urgent Care - Anamosa

1795 Hwy 64 East
Anamosa, Iowa 52205

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Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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Urgent Care - Hiawatha

1001 N. Center Point Road
Suite A
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

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Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Urgent Care - Marion

2992 7th Ave.
Marion, Iowa 52302

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Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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Urgent Care - North Crossing

2134 Logan Ave.
Suite A
Waterloo, Iowa 50703

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Urgent Care - Prairie Parkway

5100 Prairie Parkway
Suite 101
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

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Urgent Care - San Marnan

1655 E San Marnan Dr.
Suite H
Waterloo, Iowa 50702

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Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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Urgent Care - Sunnybrook

5885 Sunnybrook Drive
Sioux City, Iowa 51106

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Urgent Care - United Medical Park

1731 W Ridgeway Ave.
Suite 100
Waterloo, Iowa 50701

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Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

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Urgent Care - Westside

2375 Edgewood Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

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Walk-In Care

800 Kenyon Road
Suite S
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

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Colon Cancer Screening and Treatment Iowa Illinois

Colon Cancer

As the second leading cancer diagnosis and third leading cause of cancer death in American men and women, colon cancer is a serious form of cancer that affects thousands of lives each year. However, the good news is that the five-year colon cancer survival rate is 90 percent when detected and treated early.

As the trusted provider of colon cancer diagnostics and treatment across eight regions in Iowa and Illinois, UnityPoint Clinic has leading gastroenterologists that will assess your personal colon cancer risk, provide steps for prevention and detect the disease in its earliest, most treatable stages. 

What is Colon Cancer?

Most colon cancers begin as small, benign tumors. These tumors are called adenomatous polyps, which form on the inner walls of the large intestine - some of which may grow into a cancerous tumor if they are not removed during routine colonoscopies. If the tumor is not treated early, the colon cancer cells spread to and damage other healthy cells within the body.

Colon Cancer Risk Factors

While the exact causes of colon cancer are currently unknown, advanced research suggests those who are at higher risk for developing colon cancer are men and women who:

  • Are older than 50 years old
  • Are African-American of eastern European descent
  • Have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • Have inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis)
  • Have certain inherited diseases (Familial adenomatous polyposis and Lynch syndrome)

Just because you are higher risk for developing colon cancer than normal, it does not necessarily mean you will develop the disease. Speak with your primary care physician about your personal risk, as well as recommendations for prevention and screening.

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Unfortunately, many people with colon cancer do not experience symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Though colon cancer symptoms are numerous and nonspecific, consult your doctor right away if you are experiencing the following warning signs:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Lump in abdomen
  • Red or dark spots of blood in stool
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation

Colon Cancer Screening

Studies show that people who are diagnosed with colon cancer after routine colonoscopies tend to have better outcomes and less advanced cancers than people who are diagnosed based on symptoms. Most doctors recommend men and women begin screening for colon cancer starting at age 50. Those who are at high risk should speak with their doctor about screening at an earlier age.

Colon Cancer Treatment

Colon cancers that have not spread to new areas are typically treated with surgery and additional chemotherapy. However, prognosis and treatment are dependent on a number of factors, including the stage of colon cancer, whether or not it is reoccurring and the person's overall health. Remember, the success of treatment is almost always dependent on the stage of colon cancer, so getting screened regularly is key.

Want to learn more about your personal risk for colon cancer or our advanced colon cancer treatment options? Use our online Find a Doctor tool to locate a gastroenterologist or general surgeon in your area.