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Colon Cancer

Stop colorectal cancer before it starts

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Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women in the United States.  Early detection is important and screening tests can help detect colon polyps before they become cancerous.  The American Cancer Society recommends men and women begin colorectal screening at age 50.

At University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, we partner with some of the region's most respected providers in colorectal screening and colorectal cancer care. You should discuss with your health care provider the advantages of the different screening tests and how often they should be performed. If you have a parent or a sibling who has had colon cancer or polyps, your health care provider may want to screen you at an earlier age and more often.

Screening and diagnostic services we offer:
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • Medical oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Support groups
  • Homecare and hospice
  • Palliative care
  • A network of specialty physicians from whom to receive a second opinion

When to call your doctor

Whatever your age, call your health care provider right away if you notice:
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
  • Stools that change significantly in size and color
  • A change in your bowel movements, especially if you have bouts of constipation that alternate with bouts of diarrhea
  • Pain in your lower abdomen that doesn’t go away or that comes back often
  • A feeling of discomfort or the urge to move your bowels when there is no stool present
For more information on colon cancer, visit University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care at Fairview

Doctors & Providers

Colorectal Surgery

Hematology/Oncology

Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Surgical Oncology

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.