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Screening Guidelines

Cancer screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. 

Some types of cancer can be found before they cause symptoms.  Checking for cancer (or for conditions that may lead to cancer) in people who have no symptoms is called screening.  Screening can help doctors find and treat some types of cancer early.  Generally, cancer treatment is more effective when the disease is found early.  However, not all types of cancer have screening test and some tests are only for people  with specific genetic risks.  It is important to remember that when your doctor suggests a screening test, it does not always mean he or she thinks you have cancer. Screening tests are done when you have no cancer symptoms.

There are different kinds of screening tests. Screening tests include the following:

  • Physical exam and history: An exam of the body to check general signs of health, including checking for signs of disease, such as lumps or anything else that seems unusual. A history of the patient's health habits and past illnesses and treatments will also be taken.
  • Laboratory tests: Medical procedures that test samples of tissue, blood, urine, or other substances in the body.
  • Imaging procedures: Procedures that make pictures of areas inside the body.
  • Genetic tests: Tests that look for certain genemutations (changes) that are linked to some types of cancer.

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