You may not realize this, but colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among cancer-releated deaths. When you start looking at the statistics, it becomes rather alarming. More men than women are affected, and more than 90% occur in people over the age of 50. In fact, 1 out of 100 of 60 year old men will develop colon cancer by the age of 70.
Medicare Welcomes Cologuard For Testing
Cologuard is a DNA stool style test that is being covered now for Medicare recipients that currently do not show signs of Colon cancer. The coverage is made possible by a joint venture between Medicare and The FDA (Food and Drug Administration. This test is state of the art and a first of it’s kind to allow for early detection of colon cancer. Cologuard studies the DNA in your stool sample in order to detect the presence of precancerous polyps or colon cancer. The doctor can use the results of the test to determine if it’s necessary to have suspect growths in the colon removed.
Medicare will cover this test once ever three years for beneficiaries that meet the following requirements:
- Shows no signs of colon cancer
- Between 50 and 85 years of age
- Do not have an abnormal risk for developing colon cancer
Cologuard is now a new tool available to your doctor that Medicare will cover in order to help early detection of colon cancer. You should talk to your doctor about the best option for you today!