About colon cancer
screening results
with Cologuard®

Understanding a Cologuard result

Cologuard is a screening test that looks for altered DNA and/or blood that could be signs of precancerous growths or colorectal cancer.

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A negative result means Cologuard did not detect these potential signs
A positive result means these potential signs were detected

Getting screened is always a good choice because your result can help guide your path forward. Discuss any test result with a healthcare provider and plan next steps.

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  • Negative Result
  • Positive Result
  • Negative Results

    What does a negative result mean?

    If you received this result:

    • Cologuard did not detect altered DNA and/or blood in your stool
    • You're unlikely to have colorectal cancer

    False negatives can occur. When you discuss your result with a healthcare provider, ask when you should screen again.

    Watch this video to better understand a negative result

    The American Cancer Society recommends that patients get screened for colorectal cancer again three years after a negative Cologuard result.1
  • Positive Results

    What does a positive result mean?

    If you received this result:

    • Cologuard detected altered DNA and/or blood in your stool
    • This could be due to precancerous growths, colorectal cancer, or some other reason
    • It’s important to know that this is not the same as a cancer diagnosis

    False positives can occur. When you discuss your result with a healthcare provider, you will need to plan a follow-up colonoscopy to confirm your result.

    Watch this video to better understand a positive result

Reference

1. Wolf AMD, Fontham ETH, Church TR, et al. Colorectal cancer screening for average-risk adults: 2018 guidelines update from the American Cancer Society. CA Cancer J Clin. 2018;68(4):250-281.

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