Colon cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related death for men and women in the U.S. Although there are a few options for colon cancer screening, colonoscopy is considered the gold standard in detecting colorectal cancer compared to at-home colon cancer tests like Cologuard.
To keep out-of-pocket expenses low, patients may turn to Cologuard as a screening option for colorectal cancer. However, Cologuard can actually cost you more money, and it may compromise your health.
For patients who are 50 and older, both Cologuard and colonoscopies are covered by most insurance plans. However, if you use Cologuard and receive a positive test result, you will need to schedule a diagnostic colonoscopy as a follow up. The cost of that colonoscopy will be applied toward your insurance deductible. And unless you have already met your deductible, you will have to pay out of pocket for the colonoscopy, which typically costs more than $2,000.
Additionally, Cologuard’s accuracy and effectiveness is of grave concern. Cologuard screening can miss up to 8 percent of colon cancers and more than 50 percent of pre-cancerous polyps. This can put your health at risk.
A colonoscopy is the only type of colon cancer screening that both detects and prevents colon cancer. This is because during the procedure, the surgeon can remove pre-cancerous colon polyps and biopsy other suspicious growths. Even if a pre-cancerous polyp is detected and removed during the procedure, the cost will still be covered at 100 percent by most insurance for patients 50 and older.
Don’t take a chance on missing a pre-cancerous polyp, or worse, let colon cancer go undetected. With a colonoscopy, you can rest assured you’ve received a thorough assessment of your colon health. Fill out this form or give us a call, and a member of our care team will be glad to schedule an appointment to discuss a screening colonoscopy with you.