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Colorectal Cancer Screening (Blood) Test

Colorectal cancer (CRC) refers to cancer of the colon and the rectum. It is one of the most common causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. In recent years, CRC diagnosis rates have been increasing in younger populations as well (people younger than 50 years of age).

Typically, colorectal cancer does not present noticeable symptoms in the early stages. This is why timely screening for colorectal cancer is essential; when found early, CRC is more easily treatable. Despite the importance of this, many people are not up-to-date with their colorectal cancer screenings. This can be due to many reasons- financial constraints, time issues, concerns about invasive procedures, not wanting to handle stool, and more. 

Now, Any Lab Test Now is excited to offer an easy blood-based test to help screen for colorectal cancer. This test uses 5 DNA methylation markers to look for the possible presence of colorectal cancer. All it takes is a simple blood draw. Once you receive your results, you can take them to your healthcare provider who can help guide you through the next steps. This test is not limited to people over the age of 45- it can be performed for all adults.

Please note that the Colorectal Cancer Screen (Blood) test is not intended to replace a colonoscopy. It is meant to be used as a screening tool for the early detection of colorectal cancer. Based on the results of your test, a colonoscopy may still be recommended. We recommend that you work with a trusted healthcare provider to discuss the colorectal cancer screening options that are best for you.

*This screening test does not detect all colorectal cancers and precursor lesions (e.g. advanced adenomas), nor other cancer types. It does not replace other CRC screening tests recommended by a healthcare provider. A negative test result does not rule out the presence of CRC or reduce CRC risk in a high-risk individual. A positive test result does not establish a clinical diagnosis of CRC.

Test Details

The Colorectal Cancer Screen (Blood) test offered by Any Lab Test Now is a ColonAiQ test performed by Breakthrough Genomics.

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Am I required to fast?

No, you are not required to fast before the test.

What kind of sample is required?

This test requires a blood sample.

How long will it take to get my results?

Results are typically available within 3-4 weeks after the lab receives your sample.

Is a doctor’s order required?

Either we provide the doctor’s order for the lab test at no additional cost, or we accept your physician’s order.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No, you are welcome to walk in for same-day testing. We make it easy for you by offering work-friendly hours.

If I have questions about my results, who should I contact?

We recommend that you share all test results- whether positive or negative- with your healthcare provider. The lab has provided the option to schedule a 30-minute consultation with a genetic counselor who can further discuss your test results with you. You can use the contact information listed on your test result report to reach out to the lab and schedule an appointment with this genetic counseling service. A 30-minute consultation costs $50.00. 

Are there age limitations for this test?

No; this test can be performed for all adults (both men and women) who are interested in screening for colorectal cancer.

Are there any other limitations for this test?

If you have had a blood transfusion within the last 30 days; or, if you have ever had a bone marrow transplant-  then you are not eligible for this test. Reach out to your healthcare provider to discuss the colorectal cancer screening options that are best for you.

If I have a positive screen result, will my health insurance pay for a colonoscopy?

Different health insurance plans will have different policies regarding colorectal cancer screening coverage. Before someone gets a screening test, they should confirm with their insurance provider about what it might mean if they need a colonoscopy as a result of the test. They should also confirm how much (if anything) they may be required to pay for it.