Alternative to Colonoscopy is Now Available

Alternative to Colonoscopy is Now Available

Did you know there is an alternative test to the colonoscopy? This new test – called Cologuard – is an easy-to-use screening test for people over 50 who are at “average risk” for colorectal cancer. It requires a prescription from your doctor, but after that, a kit is mailed to your home, where a single stool sample can be collected and returned for testing. It is simple and noninvasive. Please speak with your doctor regarding the most appropriate test option for you.

Cologuard has been embraced by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society. Unlike fecal immunochemical testing (FIT), which only tests for hidden blood in the stool, the Cologuard test also looks for abnormal DNA in cells shed from the colon.

Why a Colorectal Screening is Important: Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly cancer in the United States. While cancers caught in early stages have a 90% survival rate, those caught late have only a 12% survival rate according to the American Cancer Society. Recent data shows that while screenings have helped reduce the death rate among seniors, more young adults are also being diagnosed, as the disease is linked to obesity and poor nutrition. If you are aged 50 or older and haven’t been screened, talk with your doctor about a screening. If you think you may be at higher than average risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about getting screened at an earlier age.

Earn Your Medical Plan Incentive: More good news – you can earn money by getting a colorectal screening. If you’re covered on Emory’s medical plan, colorectal screening is a free preventive service (no copay) and you can earn a $100 incentive by either getting a colonoscopy or by taking the Cologuard test.

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