POSTED APRIL 22, 2021

Real Cologuard® Story: Elaine


Meet Elaine

Colon Cancer Survivor,

Screened with Cologuard®

“Take the time to take care of yourself. Make yourself a priority.”

For Elaine, this advice isn’t selfish. She takes it to heart – putting herself first enables her to be her best for those she loves. And at 65, that looks a lot like attending water aerobics classes, relaxing outside in sunny Florida and staying on top of preventive screenings, including regular screenings for colon cancer.

In the years between her screenings, Elaine learned the importance of early detection in a way she never expected – by supporting her partner as he fought colon cancer. He put screening off, Elaine shared, and needed surgery and chemotherapy by the time his cancer was found. Elaine was there to support him at every appointment, and it made her look at screening from a completely different lens.

“If he had put it off any longer, I don’t know if he’d be here,” she shared. “It’s very important to get screened, and I know that.”

So, when she was due to screen for colon cancer again in 2018, her question to her healthcare provider wasn’t why or when but how she would be getting screened. Since Elaine was at average risk, her healthcare provider recommended Cologuard® as an appropriate option.

Elaine was encouraged by having an easy-to-use option and a recommendation she trusted from her healthcare provider. After quickly returning her sample to the lab and receiving a negative result, Elaine could have simply crossed screening off the to-do list for a few years. Instead, she took on the task of sharing her story and the importance of screening with others. After all, screening on time would mean nothing to Elaine if she didn’t share it with others – people just like her partner and the 44 million people who are not up to date with screening.1*

Having supported him during treatment, Elaine gets it – the nerves and anxiety some people might feel toward screening and why they might put it off. She has experienced it with her partner – how scary it can feel if more follow-up is needed. But the way Elaine sees it, that’s no excuse to fall behind. Quite the contrary – it’s all the more reason to take proactive steps toward taking care of yourself. Because when colon cancer is caught earlier, it’s more treatable.2†

Elaine, a patient who screened with Cologuard

“You shouldn't fear screening, you can't have that attitude. You've got to stay on top of things.”

That’s exactly what Elaine plans to do by screening again whenever she’s eligible – she’s looking forward to starting the conversation three years after her negative Cologuard result when the American Cancer Society recommends she screen again.3 And when she does, Elaine knows it’ll be for her partner, family and friends…and the peace of mind to enjoy every moment with them.

*Estimate based on the US population aged 45-74 years as of 2018, adjusted for the reported rates of high-risk conditions and prior screening history for CRC.

† Based on 5-year survival

This story reflects one individual’s experience. Not every person will have the same treatment, experience, outcome, or result. Cologuard is prescribed by your health care provider. Talk to your health care provider about available screening options and whether Cologuard may be right for you. There are potential risks associated with the Cologuard test and it may not be appropriate for all patients. For more information about the risks, talk to your health care provider or visit Cologuard.com/risk-information for more information.