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how to test for cancer

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
There are many ways: To test for many types of cancer. This question is so general - that it would take a book to answer it. Is there a particular type of cancer you are concerned about? If yes, then specify and re-ask question. If you are asking for a school exercise - you would do well to google under different cancer types.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Agree. Just make sure you get your info from reputable sites like the ACS or the NCI (cancer.org and .gov respectively). Don't use "Ol' Uncle Joe's Cancer Website" if you know what I mean.
Nov 10, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Agree Dr. Encarnacion.
Nov 10, 2013
Dr. Sean Williamson
Pathology 13 years experience
Many ways: There are many ways to test for cancer, although finding the optimal test for each particular cancer type is quite challenging. For most cancers there is no perfect test to detect the disease at an early stage. One good example of cancer screening is cervical cancer (pap smears, etc). However some cancers are difficult to detect (such as pancreatic cancer).

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Which type of test to check for a lot of cancers?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
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