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Glossary: screening, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

screening

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Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Since screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease. Examples of cancer screening tests are the mammogram (breast), colonoscopy (colon), and the Pap test and HPV test (cervix). Screening can also include checking for a person’s risk of developing an inherited disease by doing a genetic test.

2012-03-27

Screening and Testing to Detect Cancer