Cancer screening tests aim to find cancer early, before it causes symptoms and when it may be easier to treat successfully. Effective screening tests are those that;
- Find cancer early
- Reduce the chance that someone who is screened regularly will die from cancer
- Have more potential benefits than harms.
Getting screening tests regularly may find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when treatment is likely to work best. Lung cancer screening test is recommended for some people who are at high risk.
Here are the recommended cancer screening tests;
- Breast Cancer
- Recommended for women aged over 40 years old
- Operated with mammogram procedure
- Lung Cancer Screening Test
- Recommended for people aged over 55 years old who smoke a cigarette around a pack of cigarettes a day for over 30 years and/or quit smoking but not over 15 years.
- Operated with low-dose computerized tomography (LDCT)
- Colorectal Cancer Screening Test
- Recommended for people aged over 45 years old
- Operated with prostate-specific antigen test (PSA)
- Liver Cancer Screening Test
- Recommended for women aged over 50 years old and med aged over 40 years old who have hepatitis B virus and/or cirrhosis that is caused by alcohol, drinking, fatty liver, hepatitis B and C, etc.
- Operated with upper abdomen ultrasound scanning procedure and Alpha-Fetoprotein test (AFP)
- Prostate Cancer Screening Test
- Recommended for men aged over 45 years old.
- Operated with prostate-specific Antigen (PSA)
These screening tests are effective, safe, well tolerated with acceptably low rates of false positive and false negative results.
If signs of cancer are detected, more definitive and invasive follow-up tests are performed to reach a diagnosis. Screening for cancer can lead to cancer prevention and earlier diagnosis. Early diagnosis may lead to higher rates of successful treatment and extended life.
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