If you are 50 and older and at average risk for colon cancer, there's a noninvasive screening option that is available by prescription only.
It's easy—you can use it at home with no special prep, time off, changes in diet, or medication required. As the only FDA-approved test based on stool DNA science, it finds 92% of colon cancers and 69% of highest-risk precancers.
Did you know? Cologuard is available by prescription only and must be ordered by your doctor. It’s as easy as:
Cologuard is not for everyone. Cologuard is not a replacement for diagnostic or surveillance colonoscopy in patients at high risk for colorectal cancer. Both false positives and false negatives do occur. In a clinical study of Cologuard, 13% of people without cancer or precancer tested positive. Any positive should be followed by a diagnostic colonoscopy. A negative Cologuard test result does not guarantee absence of cancer or advanced adenoma. Following a negative result, patients should continue participating in a screening program at an interval and with a method appropriate for the individual patient. Cologuard performance when used for repeat testing has not been evaluated or established. Cologuard results should be interpreted with caution for individuals over age 75 as the rate of false positive results increases with age. Patients should not provide a sample for Cologuard if they have diarrhea or if they have blood in their urine or stool (e.g., from bleeding hemorrhoids, bleeding cuts or wounds on their hands, rectal bleeding, or menstruation).