The kit is then picked up by UPS or dropped off at a UPS store. Once our lab receives it, the sample is tested as soon as possible, usually within 2 weeks. Your office will receive the results shortly thereafterDefine results
What do the results mean?
A positive test result does not necessarily mean the patient has colorectal cancer. It means that Cologuard detected elevated levels of altered DNA and/or hemoglobin in the patient's stool. Patients with a positive result should have a diagnostic colonoscopy.1
A negative test result means that Cologuard did not detect significant levels of altered DNA and/or hemoglobin in the stool. Patients with a negative result should continue in an appropriate screening program. The American Cancer Society-recommended screening interval for Cologuard is every 3 years after a negative result.1,2
Reminder: We deliver your patients' results to you and you communicate the result to your patients. We only give results to patients if they specifically request them.
False positives and false negatives do occur. In a clinical study, 13% of patients without colorectal cancer or advanced adenomas received a positive result (false positive) and 8% of patients with cancer received a negative result (false negative). Cologuard performance when used for repeat testing has not been evaluated or established.