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Cancer incidence generally rises with age, although a few specific cancers preferentially occur in younger individuals. The purpose of cancer screening is to use safe and relatively inexpensive methods to examine for early signs of a certain type of cancer in individuals who do not have symptoms of cancer. The premise of cancer screening is that earlier detection of cancer will allow more effective treatment, and hence offer a better chance of cure.
While this may seem logical, it is important to note that only a handful of cancers have been shown to be amenable to cost-effective and validated screening. Inappropriate cancer screening can be harmful, leading to unnecessary invasive (and potentially dangerous) investigations, a false sense of security, or unwarranted anxiety which patient could potentially file claim on medical negligence UK. Cancer screening is still fraught with controversies. It is therefore important that a particular cancer screening program be carried out in the general population only after large studies have clearly confirmed its benefits. Read the rest of this entry »