Cancer Screening is when individuals who have no symptoms are checking for cancer (or for unusual cells that may become cancer).
Screening may help doctors find and treat several sorts of cancer early, before they cause symptoms. Early detection is significant because when abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier for the treatment. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread and it might be harder for the treatment.
Candidates of cancer screening are patients who has any risks of cancer such as:
If the benefits of the screening outweigh the risks of it, the patient is suitable for cancer screening.
Your doctor will inform you if you need to follow a diet. But it might depend on the type of cancer screening which you will have.
There are different kinds of performing screening tests.
Physical exam and history: Checking body for signs of health, also checking for signs of diseases. Furthermore, checking if the patient lived any illnesses before.
Laboratory tests: Procedure that tests sample of tissue, blood, urine or other.
Imaging procedures: Pictures of the areas are made in this procedure.
Genetic tests: Certain gene changes which are linked to some sorts of cancer are looked for in these tests.
Usually no need
Up to the case
Some complications of cancer screening:
Some side effects of cancer screening are mostly psychological effects, such as, getting worried because of false results over overdiagnosis.
Cancer Screening might have false information but it depends on the type of screening.
Cancer Screening is a procedure which will give you information about your health status. So, after the procedure you need to take more procedures if you are detected as cancer. But if not, you can continue your healthy life.
- What is a good screening test?
A good cancer test is the one that has been certified in well conducted studies.
- What is a bad screening test?
A test might detect cancer but has no benefit to the individual screened.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in October, 2019.