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New at home colon cancer test

LivinginNH's picture
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Hi all,

I just found this article on CNN and thought that you might be interested in it and sharing it with your friends and family.

The full link is here: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2014/08/14/new-at-home-test-may-detect-colon-cancer/?hpt=he_c


New at-home test may detect colon cancer:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an at-home colon cancer test. Called Cologuard , it is the first stool-based screening test that detects certain DNA mutations and red blood cells that could be indications of colorectal cancer, according to the FDA. The test, which is ordered through a doctor's office, can be done at home.

"Unlike many other screening options, Cologuard does not require medication or dietary restrictions, or bowel preparation prior to taking the test," the manufacturer says.

The FDA says Cologuard could be used to help determine who is at risk of developing colorectal cancer at its earliest stages when the cancer is still asymptomatic. The agency approved the test this week.

At this point, the main issue with Cologuard is cost. According to Cologuard's manufacturer, one test costs as much $600. But the FDA noted on the same day of the test's approval, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a proposed national coverage, meaning Medicare will pay for the test once every three years for beneficiaries who meet a certain criteria.

Trubrit's picture
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Joined: Jan 2013

I hope it is reliable, and helps younger people get tested. Maybe my boys can start using it, seeing that they are now in the danger zone. I guess its still cheaper than a Colonoscopy.  

Thank you for sharing this news. 

Lovekitties's picture
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Joined: Jan 2010

It is wonderful to have a non-invasive test, not just for home use but also to include in general doctor visits.

I hope the mass insurers will get behind covering some or all of the cost.  In the long run it could save not only lives but also billions of dollars to have an early detection.

Marie who loves kitties

Yolllmbs's picture
Posts: 361
Joined: May 2014

I was diagnosed with colon cancer because of a fecal occult blood test that is done at home. My insurer does it yearly. I was diagnosed and had surgery within 2 weeks of the test. It's a good test. 


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