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Cancer Screening:

  • Cancer screening tests are aimed to detect cancer at early stage, even before signs and symptoms develop.
  • Detecting cancer at early stage may have a better treatment outcome.
  • Regular screenings are encouraged to reduce your cancer risk, especially the high risk population
  • Ask your doctor about your screening plan based on your cancer risk factors.

Click here to learn more on cancer risk factors

 

Screening tests are cancer-specific. Below are some examples of screening tests for each cancer.

 CancerAvailable screening test
Breast Cancer
  • Mammogram
  • Ultrasound
Cervical Cancer
  • Pap smear / Pap test
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing
Colorectal Cancer
  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
  • Colonoscopy
Lung Cancer
  • Low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan
Prostate cancer
  • Digital rectal examination (DRE)
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test

 

Risk of cancer screening:

Although screening tests are crucial to detect cancer earlier, however, there are also some risks associated with it.

 

Additional testing

Undertake screening tests that are not necessary, of which can be invasive, costly and unnecessarily stressful and worrying.

False-positive results

Test results that show a person has cancer when it is not

False-negative results

Test results that show a person does not have cancer when it is.

Overdiagnosis

Test results that found slow-growing cancer that would not have harmed during a person’s lifetime.

Disclaimer:
Learn more about cancer screening; call our cancer and health screening clinic at 03 – 2698 7351 or click (here)

Reference:

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/screening

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/prevention/screening.htm

https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/prevention-and-healthy-living/cancer-screening

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