Screened with Cologuard
Nina’s love for adventure gets stronger with age.
She loves zipping down the road on a motorcycle as much as she loves visiting a new country – so long as it is with her husband, Paul. Their greatest purpose as a family of two is taking care of one another, and Nina knows that starts with taking good care of herself.
That’s why Nina made sure to visit her healthcare provider each year, who reminded her about the importance of on-time preventive health screenings. Though Nina made sure to stay up to date with routine visits and screenings like mammograms, she admitted she had not yet screened for colon cancer – she was 53 at the time, and overdue.
During a yearly visit in 2017, Nina’s healthcare provider asked Nina if she would be willing to get screened with Cologuard. Nina was at average risk, and admitted she was interested in a noninvasive option. Her healthcare provider suggested Cologuard, which can be used at home with no special preparation or time off work.
Encouraged by having an option she could complete quickly and privately, Nina agreed she would be willing to get screened with Cologuard.
“I did the test at home, shipped it, and I was done,” she said. “The test was easy to use.”
It did not take long for Nina’s healthcare provider to share the result, which was positive. A diagnostic colonoscopy revealed two precancerous polyps, which were removed.
“It was such a shock to me,” Nina said. “Nobody thinks it will happen to them.”
Though Nina admits she and Paul were anxious, she said she was grateful she agreed to get screened when she did.