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How do people diagnose whether or not they have cancer?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Biopsy...: The diagnosis of a malignancy (cancer) depends upon the body site and type of disease process. A breast cancer would be different than a lung cancer, etc... In general, the patient has a physical exam followed by imaging of the body site (such as a ct scan). Once the tumor is identified by imaging, then some type of cellular or tissue biopsy is performed and sent to a lab for diagnosis.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How is cancer diagnosed in most people?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Too broad a question: Cancer generally presents as a mass in an organ, e.g., breast, lung, colon, prostate, pancreas, liver etc. For a definitive diagnosis the entire lesion or a part of it is removed and examined by a pathologist. Different imaging and biopsy procedures are used for different organs and types of cancers.

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