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What are the common screening tests for the diagnosis of cancers?

What are the common screening tests for the diagnosis of cancers?

Many: It depends on your age and gender. At age 40 women should get pap tests for cervical cancer and consider mammograms for breast cancer. There are no proven routine cancer screening tests for men at that age. Sometimes other tests are recommended if high risk. For a complete list of proven screening tests, vaccines and other ways to stay healthy, check out the Prevention Checklist iPhone/iPad app. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Cancer: There are about 100 different types of cancer. About how many have screening tests that initially diagnose the existence?

Cancer: There are about 100 different types of cancer. About how many have screening tests that initially diagnose the existence?

An unfortunate few.: Very few types of cancer, perhaps only two or three really, have valid, proven means of screening, and even those are not perfect. One of the biggest limitations in our knowledge in medicine is the prediction of cancer. ...Read more

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How are the most common forms/types of cancer detected/screened for? Which common types have no screening tests at all, at this time?

How are the most common forms/types of cancer detected/screened for? Which common types have no screening tests at all, at this time?

Following: Breast, cervical, and colon are routinely screened for. Prostate screening is controversial. Lung cancer screening is available for high risk individuals. Skin cancer recommended but not commonly done. All others have no screen in particular ovarian and pancreatic. ...Read more

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Are there any good tests for ovarian cancer screening?

Are there any good tests for ovarian cancer screening?

Annual exam: The best screening remains the annual pelvic exam coupled with a careful history. The ca125 , ova-1 and other tumor markers in conjunction with a vaginal probe ultrasound are useful in some patients. Always report any unusual symptoms to your gynecologist. Pay attention to your body. ...Read more

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What is the most recommended colon cancer screening test?

What is the most recommended colon cancer screening test?

Colon cancer screens: The most recommended colon cancer screening test is the colonoscopy, starting at the age of 50 (if there is no family history of colon cancer). A colonoscopy views the inside of the colon (large intestine) and rectum, using a tool called a colonoscope. The colonoscope has a small camera attached to a flexible tube that can reach the length of the colon. ...Read more

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Is there a screening test for penile cancer?

Is there a screening test for penile cancer?

Yes: The best screening test is self examination. Self examination makes the diagnosis. Biopsy confirms. Penile cancer while rare in the USA happens more commonly in men with uncircumcised penis; it is extremely rare to non-existent in men with a circumcised penis. The most effective screen is self examination. The most effective prevention is the circumcision particularly before 1 year of life. ...Read more

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Is there a screening test for esophageal cancer?

Is there a screening test for esophageal cancer?

Upper endoscopy: We do not perform routine screening for esophageal cancer. In japan where the risk of esophageal cancer is higher there is greater use of this test for screening. When patients do have symptoms of difficulty swallowing, pain on swallowing, hemoptysis (vomiting blood), anemic for unknown cause, heart burn not responsive to medication, episgastric pain (pain upper mid abdomen), endoscopy is needed. ...Read more

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What screening tests are used for colorectal cancer?

Polyp detection and: Removal. Almost all colon cancers arise in polyps and colonoscopy is the best method for detection of polyps as well as colon cancers. Other methods are testing for occult blood in stool, barium enema and 3d ct scans. ...Read more

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Is there a screening test for lung cancer?

Is there a screening test for lung cancer?

Yes: There are new recommendations from the us preventive services task force (uspstf) on ct screening to detect lung cancer."up to 20, 000 deaths a year from lung cancer might be prevented by annual screenings of generally healthy people who have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years (or the equivalent such as 2 packs a day for 15 yrs) who are ages 55 to 79 and have smoked within the past 15 years.". ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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Cea (Definition)

Carcino embryonic antigen which can be elevated in ...Read more