How effective is Cologuard?
The safety and efficacy of Cologuard were based on a clinical study that included 10,000 patients. It found 92% of colon cancers and 69% of high-risk pre-cancers. However, Cologuard may produce false positive results. The clinical study showed 13% of patients without cancer tested positive. A colonoscopy test is recommended for verifying any positive results obtained from Cologuard.
What are interesting facts about Cologuard?
Easy to use and noninvasive screening system for colorectal cancer.
Uses advanced stool DNA technology to find abnormal DNAs that is shed from cancer cells.
Shipped directly to you to collect a stool sample at home.
No special preparation is required.
There are no serious adverse reactions reported using Cologuard.
Cologuard Instructions for Use
Exact Science Laboratory directly sends a Collection Kit to the patient following an order from a physician, nurse practitioner, or other healthcare providers. The patient collects a stool sample by following specific instructions in the package. The sample should be shipped back to the lab in the pre-addressed package via UPS drop-offs or pick-up. The prescribing doctor will be notified of the results.
Cologuard may not be right for the following people
People who have a history of colon cancer, polyps, or other related cancers.
People who have a family history of colon cancer.
People who have had a positive result for another screening method in the last six months.
People who have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, chronic ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and familial adenomatous polyposis.
People who have been diagnosed with a relevant cancer syndrome passed on from the family.