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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and cologuard?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Stool test vs. exam: The question of managing colon cancer depends on early dx. Periodic exam of the colon after bowel prep allows for defining early tumor and or polyps. Cologuard is a genetic test performed on the stool to see if mutations have occurred in the colonocytes comprising stool. Mutations found suggest at risk for tumor but not guaranteed presence of a growth.

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