As an emerging issue in health, colorectal cancer has become a subject that is worth attention. If you have attained 50 years of age and above, or if you are younger but stand at a higher risk, you may find it useful to have a colon cancer screening.
When testing for colorectal cancer, a cologuard searches for DNA and blood mutations in your stool while a colonoscopy searches your entire colon for any indications of the disease. But should you schedule for a colonoscopy or a cologuard? What distinguishes the two tests?
Here is what you need to know about cologuard vs colonoscopy:
As a “do-it-yourself” procedure, a cologuard is not very effective because it detects cancer only after it has already developed in your colon. The effectiveness of colonoscopy is on the other hand guaranteed because colonoscopy removes the potentially cancerous polyps in your colon before they become cancerous. Colonoscopy can, therefore, be deemed preventative and cologuard non-preventative or perhaps a less preventative tool, respectfully. This is a life-saving difference that makes colonoscopy a champion over cologuard.
A cologuard can be sometimes messy. Manufacturers of the cologuard have reported that 13% of people that have tested using cologuard received an incorrect diagnosis. A cologuard can diagnose you as having potentially cancerous polyps even when it is not the case. Then what happens if your cologuard test becomes positive? You will still need a colonoscopy to determine what you should do next. This whole procedure might cost you a lot. That’s why many people would prefer a colonoscopy.
From the differences above, you can draw an important conclusion: that colonoscopy’s high effectiveness in identifying cancer and pre-cancer is always an effective way of reaching a definitive diagnosis. Unlike cologuard, colonoscopy prevents colorectal cancer and does not give false positive results.
If you undergo a complete colonoscopy, you will not have to retake the test for another ten years. This will give you peace of mind. On the contrary, if you undergo a cologuard, you will need to have the test repeated in just three years.
Why should you spend unnecessary time, worries, and even money on less accurate tests? Get a colonoscopy. There is not yet an exact replacement of a colonoscopy.