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Can cancer screening reduce the likelihood of developing cancer?

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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree

In brief: Good question

That is certainly the idea behind it.
It is hard to say if we are truly successful. Having a pap smear and picking up a lesion before it becomes cancer reduces your likelihood. So does removing a colon polyp before it can become a colon cancer. The problem is that having these things means you are at higher risk in the first place and you need continued watching.

In brief: Good question

That is certainly the idea behind it.
It is hard to say if we are truly successful. Having a pap smear and picking up a lesion before it becomes cancer reduces your likelihood. So does removing a colon polyp before it can become a colon cancer. The problem is that having these things means you are at higher risk in the first place and you need continued watching.
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Dr. Carolyn Messere
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Yes

Decreases incidence and mortality.

In brief: Yes

Decreases incidence and mortality.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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