How will doctors know if I have cancer or not?

Pathologist. Will examine any tissue biopsy that your doctor may take of a suspicious area. Tissue diagnosis is the "gold standard" for diagnosing cancer.

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How can I doctors know I have lung cancer?

Not always. Persistent cough and cold like symptoms. Weight loss and lifesytle habits may put you at risk and screening CT scans are now advocated for long time smoking history. Read more...

How will my doctor know if I have vulvar cancer?

Exam and biopsy. Part of your pelvic exam is an examination of the vulva. It is important to mention any symptoms you are having there to focus this examination. A biopsy of the suspicious area is used to make or rule out the diagnosis. Read more...
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How will my doctor know if I have liver cancer?

Screening. Patients identified at a high risk for liver cancer (hcc) will be offered screening by their physician. Read more...
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How does the doctor know that I have colon cancer?

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Biopsy. A biopsy is needed to be sure and start treatment, but other ways it may be suspected is a positive stool blood test, blood tests, and ct scan. Read more...
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 how will my doctor know if I have stomach cancer?

A tough diagnosis. The diagnosis of stomach cancer is a tough one because there are no specific symptoms to point directly to the stomach as the source. There are no early symptoms, but some non-specific ones would be nausea, weight loss, blood in stool, abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, and loss of appetite. If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor and a stomach biopsy may be needed. Read more...
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