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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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This issue of SAMJ carries the third in the series of articles dealing with HPV and cervical cancer, 'The Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Screen project 2 (VACCS 2): Linking cervical cancer screening to a two-dose HPV vaccination schedule in the South-West District of Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa'[3] This study again provided the opportunity to investigate the outcome of cervical cancer screening in mothers and guardians by linking this to the vaccination of the girls in their care.
The Digene HPV Test is approved in the United States as an adjunct to the Pap smear for cervical cancer screening and is being marketed in selected countries as a primary cervical cancer screen either in conjunction with or separate from the Pap smear.
Counsyl's Inherited Cancer Screen is a prescription-based genetic screening test available for patients to take at the physician's office or receive via mail.

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