Cancer grows when normal body cells multiply in an uncontrolled way. Cancer can affect any part of the body. Some cancers can be treated. Cancer screening tests can help detect some cancers early.
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The Pap test is a simple test that checks for changes to the cells of the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer if left untreated.
Before a biopsy, you need to discuss a range of issues with your doctor or surgeon.
A breast x-ray or mammogram every two years is recommended for women aged 50 to 69
The aim of cancer screening is to find cancer in its early stages.
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy cancer cells.
Radiotherapy uses precisely targeted x-rays to destroy cancer cells.
A predisposition to certain cancers can be inherited via altered genes.
Most abnormalities picked up by the Pap test indicate infections or conditions that usually clear up by themselves
One of the treatments for prostate cancer is androgen deprivation therapy (previously called hormone therapy).
Men with a family history of prostate cancer, or men who have had a raised test result in the past, will benefit most from regular testing.
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