Do You Have Cancer? How the Question Gets Answered
More than one million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. This
can happen in one of several different ways:
- Sometimes the cancer is detected by accident, as a surprising finding discovered
while having an exam for a different reason.
- Sometimes cancer is identified in a cancer screening – a test designed
to identify cancers in the earliest and most treatable stages.
- Some patients have signs or symptoms that raise concern and lead them to
a doctor and a series of tests to identify the cause.
- And some patients who've already been diagnosed with cancer are closely
monitored through regular exams and medical tests. These patients may
be in remission; they may have a slow-growing cancer (such as prostate
cancer) that requires "watchful waiting", or they may undergo
tests on a regular basis to make sure there are no new cancer developments.
How is Cancer Diagnosed?
Learn about the tests doctors commonly use
Early Detection is Key
Complete guide to recommend cancer screening