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Screening aims to detect cancer at a very early stage, when it is more curable, or to find changes in cells that could become cancerous if not treated. Often this will be before it causes symptoms.
If you have any symptoms that may be caused by cancer, your GP can refer you for tests to find out more. Any symptoms that continue for a number of weeks and don’t get better should be checked with your GP. There is more information on our page about signs and symptoms of cancer|.
This video explains what to expect if you are having tests for cancer.
The information in this video was correct as of 1 October 2011.
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If you've just been diagnosed with cancer, we can help you understand more about your type of cancer and its treatment, what support is available and who can help
This information explains how bowel cancer screening is done, its risks and benefits, and what happens if you have an abnormal test result.
Get information about cervical screening and CIN, including what happens if you have an abnormal test result
Read about the tests and investigations (such as biopsies, x-rays and scans) that are used to diagnose cancer. They help to identify the type of cancer, its size and whether it has spread
The NHS breast screening programme helps save lives by offering women regular mammograms from the age of 50.
Find out about the PSA test, which is a blood test that can help in the diagnosis of prostate cancer
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