Q. What are the risks associated with a Cologuard test?
A. A Cologuard test may not be appropriate for everyone. This test is not a replacement for diagnostic or surveillance colonoscopy in high-risk individuals. Cologuard may not be appropriate if:
- The patient has a family history of colon cancer.
- The patient has a personal history of colon cancer, polyps, or other related cancers.
- The patient had a positive result for another screening method in the last six months.
- The patient has been diagnosed with a condition that places him/her at high risk for colon cancer such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, familial adenomatous polyposis.
- The patient has been diagnosed with a relevant cancer syndrome passed on from his/her family.