Today marks a turning point in the fight to eradicate colorectal cancer. Pfizer and Exact Sciences launched a partnership to get more people screened for this preventable disease by expanding the Cologuard sales force to educate health care providers, increase our health system integration and efficiently grow our Cologuard marketing campaigns.
This partnership can make an extraordinary impact on more people like Sue Pickering. At age 62, Sue had never been screened for colorectal cancer but completed a Cologuard test at the encouragement of her friend and physician. Sue’s results came back positive and after a colonoscopy, she was diagnosed with Stage II colorectal cancer. After surgery and a few rounds of preventive chemotherapy, Sue has no evidence of disease.
Sue’s Cologuard result didn’t just impact her. She is the fulltime caregiver for her adult daughter, who has a disability. When we recently asked about her Cologuard result, Sue pointed out, “My first thought was not about me, but what would happen to my daughter. If this hadn’t been caught early, I don’t know what would have happened to her.”
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