Cologuard® is FDA Approved, But Colonoscopy Remains Gold Standard

Steven Morris

Steven Morris,
Board Chair, Preventing Colorectal Cancer,
and President, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates


A cancer prevented is better than a cancer cured. Colorectal cancer screening tests are an important tool to help detect and prevent this deadly disease. With appropriate screening and early detection, colorectal cancer can be prevented and treated. Although Cologuard is FDA approved, PCC still recognizes colonoscopy as the Gold Standard of screening.

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Call for Nominations!

Blue Ribbon

PCC is seeking nominations for the fifth annual Champion Awards of Colorectal Cancer Prevention to recognize individuals, groups and companies that provide either exceptionally high standards of care or who most effectively advocate for the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer.

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Issue Brief #9: The Genetic Factor

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Thankfully, it is also one of the most treatable and curable cancers, if detected early. Unfortunately, a high percentage of late stage colorectal cancers are fatal, with the American Cancer Society citing a five year survival rate of Stage IV cancers as low as only 6%. While preventative screening colonoscopies can go a long way in helping to catch cancerous polyps early and save lives, new medical developments in the field of genetic testing can help take colorectal cancer prevention to a new level.

Part of an ongoing series from Preventing Colorectal Cancer, this issue brief sheds light on the impact of drug shortages on colorectal cancer. Find out what you need to know!

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Issue Brief #10: Sneak Preview

While the annual rate of colorectal cancer incidence in patients over age 50 has been steadily declining over the last decade, young-onset colorectal cancer has been increasing. What do you need to know and do in order to increase screening rates and reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer?

Part of an ongoing series from Preventing Colorectal Cancer, this issue brief sheds light on the increasing colorectal cancer rates among patients under age 50. Find out what you need to know! To request a copy of the issue brief, please email info@preventingcolorectalcancer.org.

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In the News


  • IBD Patients Benefit from Colorectal Cancer Screenings
  • A High-Quality Colonoscopy Requires Preparation
  • New Genetic Tests Screen for Risk of Developing Cancer
  • Five Genes May Help Predict Colorectal Cancer Behavior

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Preventing Colorectal Cancer’s mission is to educate the public and key stakeholders about the opportunities to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer by promoting optimal screening and therapeutic care for patients and clinicians.

We want you to join us and embrace the mindset that together we can make a difference in redefining the standard of care, campaigning for transparency in reimbursement methodologies, and fighting for the coverage of sedation during colonoscopies.

For more information, email info@preventingcolorectalcancer.org.


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