Understanding Cancer Screening Tests

Understanding Cancer Screening Tests

With cancer assuming alarming proportions in the country, it helps to take pre-emptive measures to identify the disease at the earliest, so treatment can be initiated in time to prevent cancer. One of the key ways to identify cancer ahead of its onset is through cancer screening tests.

What is Cancer Screening?

Cancer screening is a process of checking for cancer (or for conditions that may become cancerous) in people who have no symptoms of the disease.Screening for cancer is helpful mainly as a pre-emptive measure.

It helps doctors find and treat several types of cancers early. Timely detection of cancer is crucial because when abnormal tissue or cancer is found early on, it may be easier to treat. If we wait for symptoms to appear, cancer may possibly have spread and is therefore harder to treat.

Several screening tests can detect cancer early and contribute to lowering the risk of dying from that cancer.

What are the various cancer screening tests?

The following screening tests can reduce cancer deaths considerably:

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