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Volleyball game to promote cancer awareness

Mayo Clinic Health System will hold a cancer awareness event at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire volleyball game on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

September 20, 2022

From The Blog

Polyps: Colon cancer culprits

Colon cancer is the No. 3 cancer diagnosed in the U.S. Polyps are a key culprit, but often don't cause symptoms. In this Q&A, learn 6 things you should know about polyps.

Ajay Singh, M.B.B.S. By Ajay Singh March 7, 2022

11 tips for coping with a cancer diagnosis

If you've been diagnosed with cancer, knowing what to expect can lower your stress level. Use these 11 suggestions to learn more about your diagnosis, and improve resilience and coping skills.

September 16, 2021

Trust your gut: What you need to know about digestive health

Watch a webinar in which two gastroenterologists discuss the digestive tract, what your gut might be saying, self-care options for common concerns and when to see a health care provider.

August 26, 2021

Benefits of sedation-free colonoscopy

Though few people look forward to having a colonoscopy, every year millions have one — many completed without sedation. Learn why this may be a good option for you.

Jaime Zighelboim, M.D. By Jaime Zighelboim March 18, 2021

Colorectal cancer Q&A

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., but prevention is possible. Learn more in this Q&A.

Stephan Thome MD By Stephan Thomé March 10, 2021

The emotional side of cancer: 7 tips

Cancer can affect more than physical health. The emotional side can affect the ability to cope and stick to a treatment plan. Get 7 tips on how to improve your emotional well-being as a cancer patient or caregiver.

Sharon Dexheimer LICSW By Sharon Dexheimer September 11, 2020

5 things you can do to keep your colon healthy

For years, turning 50 came with a special birthday message from your health care provider: Time to have a colonoscopy. Read about the new age guideline.

August 24, 2020

What to expect before, during a colonoscopy

Male or female, health care professionals now recommend screenings for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45. A colonoscopy is the gold standard. Here's what to expect before and during the procedure.

Jaime Zighelboim, M.D. By Jaime Zighelboim March 31, 2020

Understanding your colon cancer screening options

Finding colon cancer at its earliest stage provides the greatest chance for a cure. That's why health care providers now recommend colon cancer screenings beginning at age 45. Learn about your options.

Daisy Batista, M.D. By Daisy Batista March 25, 2020

Reducing your risk for colon cancer

The exact cause of colorectal cancer remains unknown, but there are proven risk factors. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk.

Amrit Singh MD By Amrit Singh March 17, 2020

Colorectal cancer basics

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S., resulting in more than 40,000 deaths this year. Learn the common signs and symptoms.

Diana Franco Corso MD By Diana Franco Corso March 10, 2020

Genetic counseling helps woman, family make informed health decisions

Knowledge is power. That's Rose Boettcher's philosophy. Genetic counseling helped this three-time cancer survivor make decisions about her health care. Her test results also have inspired her to advocate for her family's health and well-being.

February 13, 2020