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Jones Regional Medical Center Urgent Care - Anamosa

1795 Highway 64 East
Anamosa, IA 52205

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Bett Plex)

5185 Competition Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Lindale)

153 Collins Road Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Marshalltown)

55 Central Iowa Drive
Marshalltown, IA 50158

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (North Crossing)

2134 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50703

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peck's Landing)

1940 Blairs Ferry Rd.
Hiawatha, IA 52233

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peoria)

8914 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61615

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Prairie Parkway)

5100 Prairie Parkway
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (San Marnan)

1655 East San Marnan Drive
Waterloo, IA 50702

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Washington)

209 North Cummings Lane
Washington, IL 61571

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waverly)

101 Cedar River Pkwy 101
Waverly, IA 50677

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express at Duck Creek

1417 Kimberly Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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UnityPoint Clinic Express - United Medical Park

1731 West Ridgeway Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50701

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UnityPoint Clinic Express (Fort Dodge)

2728 2nd Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - Bettendorf

3415 53rd Avenue
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - Moline

106 19th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

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UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - North Port

3426 North Port Drive
Muscatine, IA 52761

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UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - SouthPark Pointe

3904 16th Street
Moline, IL 61265

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UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine | Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Marion

2992 7th Avenue
Marion, IA 52302

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Sunnybrook

5885 Sunnybrook Drive
Sioux City, IA 51106

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - West

2255 John F Kennedy Road
Dubuque, IA 52002

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Westside

2375 Edgewood Road Southwest
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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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.