Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer Screening

If you have any of these risk factors, call Southeast Gastroenterology at 573-331-7910 to inquire about having a screening colonoscopy.

Colon cancer is the #3 leading cause of cancer death among men and women combined.  In our service area specifically, colon cancer is one of the top 4 cancers we treat.  Recent data also shows that our region is one of 3 hot spots in the nation for an increased prevalence of death by colon cancer.  The good news is colon cancer is preventable and treatable when caught earlier.  Unfortunately, 1 in 3 people are not up-to-date with colorectal cancer screenings.


BlueRibbon2 African American males are at a higher risk and should get screened earlier than the suggested age of 50.

BlueRibbon2 Colorectal cancer is deadly. Among cancers, only lung cancer kills more Americans each year than this largely preventable disease.

BlueRibbon2 Colorectal cancer does not discriminate. This disease affects men and women equally. Those diagnosed with the disease often experience no noticeable symptoms.

BlueRibbon2 The good news is that if everyone, aged 50 or older, underwent regular colorectal screenings, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.

BlueRibbon2 About 5% to 10% of people who develop colorectal cancer have inherited the gene from a family member.

BlueRibbon2 Last year in the US, around 135,430 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and about 50,260 people died from the disease.

BlueRibbon2 The American Cancer Society identified Missouri as a "hot spot" for colon cancer in America, meaning the death rate from colon cancer in the state is unnecessarily high. Screening, improving your diet and getting more exercise could help reduce your risk.

BlueRibbon2 Screen and survive: Five-year survival rates for Stage I colon cancer can be as high as 92 percent. That's why screening and early detection are so important.

BlueRibbon2 Watching your weight matters when it comes to preventing colon cancer. Overweight or obese men have a 50% higher risk of developing colon cancer than those who aren't. Overweight or obese women are at 20% higher risk for developing colon cancer.

BlueRibbon2 You can reduce your risk of developing colon cancer by about one-third by getting regular exercise, avoiding tobacco use, limiting alcohol consumption and eating a healthy diet.


Southeast Gastroenterology recommends everyone obtain a colonoscopy by age 50. Individuals, under age 50, who have a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors, should have a colonoscopy as well.  The following factors indicate an elevated risk for colon cancer:

  • Are you over the age of 50?
  • Do you have a family history of colon cancer?
  • Do you have a family member with a history of colon polyps?
  • Do you have a change in bowel habit?
  • Do you have (or have you ever had) rectal bleeding?

So are you at risk? Take our free, online health risk assessment to find out or call Southeast Gastroenterology at 573-331-7910 to schedule your colonoscopy.