cancer screening test

cancer screening test

Any measurable clinical or lab parameter which is used to detect early malignancy. While these tests are relatively nonspecific, they are highly sensitive and detect many persons who are "abnormal" for the parameter being measured.
 
Examples
Occult blood in stool to detect colorectal cancer, mammography to detect microcalcifications and densities for breast cancer, serum PSA to detect prostate cancer.

cancer screening test

Cancer screen A measurable clinical or lab parameter used to detect early malignancy; although these tests are relatively nonspecific, they are highly sensitive, and detect many persons who are 'abnormal' for the parameter being measured Examples Occult blood in stool–colorectal CA; mammography–to detect microcalcifications and densities for breast CA. See Cancer screening, Cancer screening guideline.
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A review of the early clinical experience with PreGen-Plus(TM), the stool DNA colorectal cancer screening test currently on the market today, which was principally designed to detect early stage cancer.
Abcodia, a specialist company engaged in the development of tests for the early detection of cancer, is to make ROCA available as an innovative ovarian cancer screening test this year, on the back of new clinical data further indicating its high performance.
Mary Ritchie, lead specialist screening practitioner, for South of Tyne Bowel Cancer Screening Centre, said: "We see lots of people who have not had any symptoms but have taken the time to complete the bowel cancer screening test kit and this has turned out to be a lifesaver.
The Australian Government sends a free bowel cancer screening test kit by mail to eligible Australians aged 50, 55, 60 and 65, but the latest National Bowel Cancer Screening Program monitoring report 2012 13, issued by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, shows that just a third of around one million people invited to participate in the programme in the past year returned a completed test for analysis.
The New York Times labeled it "the most unloved cancer screening test," but the test itself is performed under sedation; the worst part is having to use a powerful laxative beforehand.
Michael said: "I was sent the bowel cancer screening test in the post.
maker of a colon cancer screening test that's noninvasive, soared yesterday after the American Cancer Society recommended that the test should become one of the tools used to screen for the often-fatal form of cancer.
3 percent had received a recommended colorectal cancer screening test within the past 10 years, compared with 18.
7% of the respondents said that they are not sure whether or not their local municipalities offer a breast cancer screening test to residents.
For example, if the plan document specifically says colonoscopies are covered for ages 50 and older, it does not allow for clinical judgement based on the personal history of the individual to cover that cancer screening test at a younger age.
Medicare also will cover annual, physician-ordered fecal occult blood tests for all patients and screening flexible sigmoidoscopy every 4 years for patients at average risk for colon cancer, under changes to Medicare passed by Congress in December 2000 and signed into law by then-President Clinton The American College of Gastroenterology's screening recommendations note that "colonoscopy is the most effective colorectal cancer screening test currently available.

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