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Results & follow-up

We will mail you your test result if it is normal. If it is abnormal, you will get a phone call from ColonCheck's Follow-up Coordinator and a letter in the mail. Your health care provider, if you specified one when you filled out the response form, will also be sent a copy of your result. The Follow-up Coordinator or your health care provider will set up an appointment for colonoscopy.

  • A normal result means that no blood was found in the stool. It is recommended that you repeat the home screening test in 2 years.

  • An abnormal result means blood was found in the stool. There are many possible reasons for blood in your stool. It does not necessarily mean you have cancer. More testing will need to be done to see where the blood is coming from. A colonoscopy (pdf) is usually recommended if you have an abnormal home screening test.

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A colonoscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to examine the inside of your colon and rectum. A long flexible tube (colonoscope) with a small camera is passed into your rectum and colon. On a video monitor, the doctor looks for any abnormal areas on the lining of your colon. Sometimes a small tissue sample will be taken. This is called a biopsy. If polyps are found, they can be removed using tiny tools passed through the colonoscope. The samples will be sent to a lab where they will be checked for signs of cancer.

 

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