What do the results of the Fecal Occult Blood Test mean?
A positive FOBT result means that blood was found in your stool. Your doctor will analyze the source of the bleeding by doing a colonoscopy or an examination to determine if the bleeding is coming from the stomach or small intestine.
What instrument is used to perform a colonoscopy?
A colonoscope is used to perform a colonoscopy. This instrument is used to view the inner lining of the large intestine, that is, the rectum and colon. It is a thin, flexible tube ranging from 48 in. (125 cm) to 72 in. (183 cm) long, and has a small video camera attached for taking pictures or videos of the large intestine (colon). The doctor can view the entire colon and the lower part of the small intestine with a colonoscope.
What are the risks associated with a Cologuard test?
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.