I did not know this existed until a doctor wrote to me today and said he thought the screening was much better than a colonoscopy. That is his opinion and the test has been approved by the FDA as well. Below the line I did a copy and paste of a few of the FAQs as information.
One thing for sure, it’s not like preparing for a colonoscopy that’s for sure and who would miss that! There are all types of disclaimers here as there has to be and again depending on results, etc. a full on colonoscopy could still be in the plan. If you are a doctor and have not heard about the test, follow the link here.
Traditional Medicare (Part B) patients will not have any co-pays, deductible amounts, or co-insurance for Cologuard.
Medicare Advantage patients may be subject to laboratory co-pays or co-insurance as determined by your plan. For details, please call your plan provider.
Here’s the drill on the test results..
What Does a Positive Result Mean?
• A Positive result means the test detected abnormal DNA and/or blood that could be
caused by precancer or cancer in the colon.
• The test can also have a Positive result that is incorrect (false positive). This means the
test result is Positive, but no cancer or precancer is actually present.
• Any Positive result should be followed by a colonoscopy.
• Talk about your test result with your doctor to find out if additional testing is needed.
What Does a Negative Result Mean?
• A Negative test result means the test did not detect abnormal DNA and/or blood in the
• The test can also have a Negative result that is incorrect (false negative). This means the
test result missed a potential cancer or precancer. For that reason, it is recommended
that you schedule regular screenings.
• Talk to your doctor about your test result. Your doctor will recommend a screening
schedule that is best for you.
What Does No Result Obtained Mean?
• A “No Result Obtained” means the test was not able to provide a result.
• If this happens, your doctor will talk with you about
Again this was a product that a doctor told me about today that he thought was worth a mention so I’m passing it on in case you were not aware. Again you have to talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate and I think most are unless you have some past history or some other bowel related issues or diseases. BD
In a study of 10,000 people of average risk for colon cancer, Cologuard found 92% of cancer. Cologuard was negative in 87% of patients without the disease.
Cologuard must be ordered by your doctor. Most commonly, you would discuss screening with your primary care physician, nurse practitioner, or other healthcare provider as part of a regular wellness appointment. Cologuard cannot be purchased over the counter.
If your doctor would like to know more about Cologuard, please encourage him or her to contact us at 1-844-870-8870.
Cologuard was approved by the FDA on August 11, 2014, and it is now available in all U.S. states and territories. As of October 9, 2014, Exact Sciences Laboratories is licensed in New York state.
No. Cologuard does not provide information about inherited DNA changes. The DNA alterations and mutations used in Cologuard are acquired over time, not inherited, and can be associated with the presence of colon cancer and precancer.
Cologuard is a screening test. Any positive result should be discussed with your doctor and followed by a diagnostic colonoscopy.
After our lab receives the order from your doctor, we will call you to verify your address, then we will send the Collection Kit. It will include instructions for collecting a sample, a prepaid return label, and our phone number, in case you have any additional questions.
Our lab needs to receive the sample within 72 hours following collection to ensure test accuracy, so we recommend shipping it within 24 hours of collection.
A positive result means the test detected altered DNA and/or blood that could be caused by cancer or precancer in the colon or rectum. Any positive result should be followed by a diagnostic colonoscopy.
The test can also have a positive result that is incorrect (false positive). This means the test result is positive, but no cancer or precancer is actually present. Talk about your test result with your doctor to find out if additional testing is needed.
A negative result means the test did not detect altered DNA and/or blood that could be caused by cancer or precancer in the colon or rectum.
The test can also have a negative result that is incorrect (false negative). This means the test result missed a potential cancer or precancer. For that reason, it is recommended that you schedule regular screenings. Your doctor may recommend an alternative screening method. Talk to your doctor about your test result. Your doctor will recommend a screening schedule that is best for you.