Cancer Resource Center

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Gary Hovden (shown with wife Judy) is a five year colon cancer survivor. Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. In fact, 1 in 20 Iowans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year.

Local colon cancer survivor, Gary Hovden, had no signs or symptoms five years ago when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. “My heart was beating differently.  They discovered that my heart was working harder than usual because I was anemic, and then after more testing, including a colonoscopy, they told me they found cancer.”   Read Gary’s story.

Iowa Cancer Consortium – Colorectal Cancer


WMC Cancer Resource Center

The effects of cancer are different for every patient and caregiver, and a diagnosis can bring on mixed emotions and overwhelming information. The Cancer Resource Center is a free and convenient way for area cancer patients and their caregivers to access resources that may assist them on their journey with cancer. One simple phone call will connect patients with WMC health professionals who will guide them to resources meeting each individual need. We are the connection. We can help.

Winneshiek Medical Center staff works to improve quality of life for patients needing specialized care, and much of that specialized care can be found close to home. The WMC Same Day Services department has compassionate staff who provide treatment for cancer and chronic illnesses and are certified by the Oncology Nursing Society. WMC also provides spiritual and bereavement support, social workers, nutritional counseling, home health and hospice care and benefit from partnerships with the American Cancer Society and Iowa Cancer Consortium.

Contact the Cancer Resource Center to find out how we can help you. Call 563-387-3046 to learn more.

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