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which types of tests are there for cancer screening?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
Many: It depends on which cancer you are looking for; there isn't just one test for all cancers. At your age, 30, the only cancer screening test recommended for all women is a pap test every 3 years. For a complete list of recommendations by age/gender (if you have an ipad/ipod/ipad is see the prevention checklist 2013 app.

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