What's next?

You've screened for colon cancer with Cologuard®
That's a great step in your health journey.

Your Cologuard test result is available. It has been delivered to the healthcare provider who ordered the test for you. Reach out to them if you have not received your result yet.

Learn more about Cologuard results below.

If you also want access to your result, sign up here.

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.
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.

Select Negative or Positive below for helpful information and videos

  • 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

  • Have questions about insurance coverage?

    Have questions about insurance coverage?

    Remember most insured patients pay $0* for Cologuard.

    If you do receive a bill, please visit Cologuard.com/appeal to complete an appeal letter.

  • Share your story

    No matter what your result is, share your story

    Make a difference. Join the Screen + Me network, a community of Cologuard users who have volunteered to share their story about colon cancer screening.  Help inform and inspire others.

    Share your story

    If you’d like to sign up for our Screen + Me network, visit Cologuard.com/Champions. A Screen + Me representative will be in touch to share information and confirm your eligibility.


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1. American Cancer Society Guideline for Colorectal Cancer Screening. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/colon-rectal-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/acs-recommendations.html. Accessed July 23, 2021

* Exact Sciences estimate based on historical patient billing from October 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020. Rate of coverage varies by state and region. Exceptions for coverage may apply; only your insurer can confirm how Cologuard would be covered for you.

Indications and Important Risk Information

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. 

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