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View Poll Results: Cologuard Test Result: Negative or Positive?
Negative. No further screening necessary. 11 78.57%
Positive: Colonoscopy recommended. 3 21.43%
Voters: 14. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-14-2019, 01:44 AM
 
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In reading through a couple of colonoscopy threads I noticed several mentions of the new Cologuard test. Everyone who mentioned it also said they got a positive result.


Maybe that's because people with a result of "negative" have no interest in reading and commenting on threads about colonoscopy. But I'm curious - anyone here have a "negative"?
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:46 AM
 
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I was negative and so was my friend who used it. I don't know anyone else who has used it so don't know what kind of sample that is.

I did find it a bit awkward to use - you need to be right on target, if you know what I mean. It might not be a good idea for someone with balance issues. In fact, I'd had a bad fall and severely injured my leg the day before the test arrived. I had to postpone the doing the test until I could accurately land on the toilet seat without wobbling. Even after I could maneuver, I had to be careful not to let #1 intrude on the collection pot. I'd suggest doing #1 prior to setting up the collection pot to avoid that problem. I'm a woman, by the way, as that makes a difference in technique. I mentioned the awkwardness to my doctor and he said he'd take that into consideration when prescribing it for patients with mobility problems.

Beats a colonoscopy as far as I'm concerned . . . that prep stuff is truly vile.
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:04 PM
 
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I forgot to vote when I posted so now I have. Don't want to skew your results!
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:51 PM
 
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I could have voted if I had used the "kit" my doc gave me probably 15 yrs ago or so, I never used it and never had any of the tests and I'm fine going on 81.
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:55 PM
 
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15 years ago it would have been a fecal occult blood test, not a Cologuard, which tests for blood and cancer markers.
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Old 07-14-2019, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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15 years ago it would have been a fecal occult blood test, not a Cologuard, which tests for blood and cancer markers.
OK, whatever it was never used it. Thanks.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:02 PM
 
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I could have voted if I had used the "kit" my doc gave me probably 15 yrs ago or so, I never used it and never had any of the tests and I'm fine going on 81.

Wasn't Cologuard, it was only released to the public five years ago https://www.exactsciences.com/newsro...s-fda-approval
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:15 PM
 
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I could have voted if I had used the "kit" my doc gave me probably 15 yrs ago or so, I never used it and never had any of the tests and I'm fine going on 81.

You say this as though it proves testing does not make a difference. I know 2 people dead of colon cancer in their 50s that probably wish they had had a test before it was too late. Naturally it might not have saved them - who knows?
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:57 PM
 
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Just get the colonoscopy. It's not a big deal at all.
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:26 PM
 
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I used a Suprep kit. It was a lot simpler and cheaper than going for a full blown colonoscopy exam which is a lot more expensive. The advantage is that you can do it at home in the privacy of your own bathroom. The kit was supplied free, but there was a charge for the hospital's lab results. With Medicare and a supplementary health insurance, the out of pocket expense was very low. If the result of the stool sample show some issues, then a colonoscopy is a good follow up. I've used the Suprep test 2 or 3 times. The results have been negative. I've had a colonoscopy done a few times. They removed a few polyps and the lab test results on the polyps were also negative.

My wife has used the kit treatment also. In her case, a little bit of blood was found by the lab, and some kind of risky bacteria. She took antibiotics to clear the bacteria, but went in to the hospital for a colonoscopy to check on the blood issue. The amount was not visible to the eye. About 3 polyps were removed and examined. The lab results were negative for cancer.
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