Cologuard® is a colon cancer test that is being used by throughout the US and is particularly useful for people who are afraid of the colonoscopy procedure or have difficulty tolerating the colonoscopy preparation; however, they must meet eligibility requirements including family cancer history, known bowel diseases, and several cancer related syndromes.
Cologuard® is a non-invasive colon cancer screening test for adults 50 years or older who are at average risk for colon cancer. It is important to understand that Cologuard® detects cancerous cells but does not provide any preventive measures such as polyp detection that could progress into cancer over time. Cologuard® uses advanced technology to find altered DNA from abnormal cells in the colon, which could be associated with cancer or pre-cancer and does not require any special preparation. To complete the test your provider will send you home with a Cologuard® testing kit where you collect a single stool sample and mail it to a lab using a pre-paid envelope for testing. Once completed, your provider will contact you to discuss the results.
Colon cancer is one of the most preventable, yet least prevented, cancers in the US today. It is the third most diagnosed cancer, and second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women 50 years of age and older. Despite these facts, colon cancer is one of the most treatable cancers if it is found early through screening. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, regular screening is worthwhile because it can save your life. Your physician will make a determination as to whether or not you are a candidate for a Cologuard® screening based on your own personal health history. To be eligible you must NOT have a history of ANY points mentioned below: