Real Cologuard® story: Veronica

Screened with Cologuard

Veronica doesn’t miss a chance to share her voice to connect with others – as someone who built a career as a professional actress, it’s in her nature.

Her career came to a pause after she suffered a brain aneurysm and endured three brain surgeries in just three weeks. Though her life has been different after recovery, Veronica never lost her perspective. She takes every opportunity to speak up for herself, especially when it comes to her health.

When it was time for Veronica to get screened for colorectal cancer, she made time to talk about her options with her trusted healthcare provider. Veronica was at average risk for colorectal cancer and was curious about a noninvasive option.

“My healthcare provider brought up the option of Cologuard and when he confirmed it was an option for me, I told him I would be willing to do that,” she said.

Just two weeks after receiving and completing her test at home, Veronica received her negative result.

Getting screened was an important step for Veronica to stay in control of her health, and it started with speaking up to her healthcare provider about screening options that would be right for her. Doing so inspired her to share her story with others – hoping to encourage them to learn more about their own colorectal cancer screening options.

Veronica is excited to be back to a career she loves, and her passion for sharing her voice with others remains strong. Because when it comes to her health, she’s proud to be her biggest advocate.

Cologuard is intended to screen adults 45 years of age and older who are at average risk for colorectal cancer by detecting certain DNA markers and blood in the stool. Do not use if you have had adenomas, have inflammatory bowel disease and certain hereditary syndromes, or a personal or family history of colorectal cancer. Cologuard is not a replacement for colonoscopy in high risk patients. Cologuard performance in adults ages 45-49 is estimated based on a large clinical study of patients 50 and older. Cologuard performance in repeat testing has not been evaluated.

The Cologuard test result should be interpreted with caution. A positive test result does not confirm the presence of cancer. Patients with a positive test result should be referred for diagnostic colonoscopy. A negative test result does not confirm the absence of cancer. Patients with a negative test result should discuss with their doctor when they need to be tested again. False positives and false negative results can occur. In a clinical study, 13% of people without cancer received a positive result (false positive) and 8% of people with cancer received a negative result (false negative). Rx only.