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If you are 50 and older and at average risk for colon cancer, Cologuard is a noninvasive screening option that is available by prescription only and may be right for you.

If you are 50 and older and at average risk for colon cancer, Cologuard is a noninvasive screening option that is available by prescription only and may be right for you.

Easy to use

You can use Cologuard right at home! There is no special prep or need for time off. Plus, you don’t have to make any changes to your diet or medication.

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Effective

As the only FDA-approved test based on stool DNA science, Cologuard finds 92% of colon cancers and 69% of the highest-risk precancers with 87% specificity.

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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).

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